FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2010
Ashley Spratt 612-713-5314
Abbey Kucera 612-713-5137
USFWS Approves Camp Atterbury/Putnamville Land Exchange Project
On Oct. 18, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Deputy Regional Director Charles Wooley signed off on the Camp Atterbury/Putnamville Land Exchange Project in a recognition ceremony with Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Major General R. Martin Umbarger, and other State and Federal officials at Camp Atterbury in Indiana.
The land exchange between the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Military Department of Indiana (MDI) will transfer 1,990 acres near Putnamville to the IDNR and 1,250 acres at Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area to MDI. The site near Putnamville will be named Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area and will open to fishing, hunting, and wildlife related activities in late 2010 or early 2011.
“This project will open nearly 2,000 acres of prime hunting, fishing and wildlife-dependant activities to the public near Putnamville,” said Wooley. “The new site includes a small-mouth bass stream, two lakes, and excellent hunting, wildlife watching and wildlife habitat, and we are pleased that this area will be protected and managed by the Indiana DNR and enjoyed by Indiana’s citizens.”
Federal funds were invested in the Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area from the USFWS’ Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (authorized under the Pittman Robertson Act) in addition to other Federal funding by the National Park Service (NPS). Therefore, Federal approval by both agencies was required for the exchange to take place. After an environmental assessment was conducted and made available for public comment, the USFWS and NPS determined that no significant environmental impact would occur as a result of the land exchange, and the land near Putnamville provided to the IDNR in exchange for the Atterbury land is of equal or better recreational, wildlife and appraised value.
For more information about the Pittman-Robertson Act and Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program visit www.fws.gov/midwest/federalaid.
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