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Preservation and Conservation

Preservation and conservation often go hand in hand when it comes to helping the natural environment to remain healthy or become healthier. Related efforts in restoration are aimed at helping the environment recover from destruction caused by human activity.

Dozens of Indiana organizations and even more private individuals work endlessly to preserve, conserve, and restore native habitats, plant and animal species, and other elements of the state's natural environment. The following list briefly outlines a few of those efforts in Indiana.

Private individuals and businesses
(including companies that mine or distribute fuel for energy) sometimes finance and facilitate preservation and conservation on a local, regional, or state level.

Land trusts
are groups that work to purchase land and to set up conservation easements (which legally prevent the land from being developed), so that it can be preserved for future generations.

Wildlife conservation and rehabilitation
takes many forms in Indiana.

Wildlife rehabilitators perform an invaluable service to the survival, preservation, and restoration of Indiana's wildlife. Their primary mission is to take in injured and orphaned animals and care for them until they can be returned to the wild. Encounters with automobiles, pesticide poisonings (from both agricultural and lawn-care products), and attacks from dogs and cats are the most common causes for injuries and illness.

All rehabilitators are licensed through the state and/or federal government, depending upon the kinds of animals they work with, and most pay for animals' care and feeding out of their own pockets, relying on donations of concerned supporters when possible. Dozens of rehabilitators are located throughout the state, and together they save the lives of thousands of wild animals in Indiana each year.

Other efforts to protect Indiana's wildlife are provided through both non-profit organizations and government programs (see "Government organizations and preserves," below).

Plant conservationists and preservationists
play a large part in protecting and restoring plant species that are native to Indiana. Such groups are devoted to maintaining native plant species' diversity, range, and habitat, perhaps by removing invasive, non-native plants such as garlic mustard and buckthorn. These groups also play an important role in preserving forests, wildlife habitats, and the larger ecosystems associated with native plants.

Wetlands conservation
groups work to preserve and restore the wetlands of Indiana, such as the Limberlost.

Government organizations and preserves work to preserve and restore Indiana’s land, water, plants, and animals. Some federal and state authorities have helped establish a system of preservation areas that protect land from development and set it aside for the safety of the species of flora and fauna that live there.

Other groups
across Indiana likewise are committed to preserving, conserving, and restoring the state's natural environment, sometimes with a very specific focus, sometimes on a broad scale.

More information

For other websites concerned with conserving the natural environment of Indiana, go to AreaLinks.net Environmental Websites of Indiana.

For more information about how to join or support environmental organizations in Indiana, go to the Take Action page.