DNR wildlife chief steps down
Written by South Bend Tribune   
Sunday, 03 April 2005 14:02
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Chief of Wildlife Glenn Lange has been asked to step down from his post to take a district biologist position until his retirement at the end of 2005.

Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Director Glen Salmon said the change was made as the result of a review conducted by new DNR Director Kyle Hupfer.

"Director Hupfer had been talking with groups around the state and, on the basis of those reviews, he has recommended we make a leadership change," Salmon said Thursday. "That change should not reflect on Glenn, as he has done everything we've asked him to do while serving as division chief."

Salmon said a search was under way for a replacement and that Division Wildlife Specialist Mark Reiter would take over as acting chief until a replacement is named.

"At this time, I don't anticipate any other personnel changes in the DFW," said Salmon. "Lange will fill in for central Indiana District biologist Rick Peercy who is on military leave."

Workshop for teachers

The Department of Natural Resources' Go FishIN education program offers a free workshop in South Bend to anyone interested in teaching young Hoosiers sport fishing.

The GoFish workshop will be held April 23 at St. Patrick's Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"Go FishIN training is for anyone interested in teaching and sharing fishing with their local youth groups, school or community organizations," said Go FishIN coordinator Amanda Wuestefeld. "People interested in fishing and the environment, especially educators, are invited to attend."

The program offers textbooks, loaner educational equipment and fishing equipment for volunteers to use in the community.

Go FishIN fits into elementary, middle and high school classes, including biology, chemistry, math, language arts, and social studies. Class sizes are limited and reservations are required.

For information and to make reservations contact the DNR Natural Resources Education Center at 317-562-1338 or visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/nrec/.

Boating course

The Michiana Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will host a boating safety course at the Mishawaka Penn Public Library in Granger April 23.

The course is NASBLA-approved and will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a $20 book fee per student and enrollees must provide their own lunch. For more information and to pre-register, call (574) 288-0886.

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