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SENATE RESOLUTION No. ___




DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION


    A SENATE RESOLUTION to recognize Potawatomi Wildlife Park as the first Dark-Sky Preserve in Indiana.



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Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


SENATE RESOLUTION


     MR. PRESIDENT:

        I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION to recognize Potawatomi Wildlife Park as the first Dark-Sky Preserve in Indiana.

     Whereas, Potawatomi Wildlife Park is a 200-acre complex that consists of fields, woodlands, ponds, and wetlands and is bordered by the Tippecanoe River. The Park is managed as a natural sanctuary for plants and animals of northern Indiana;

    Whereas, the Park also preserves both prehistorical and historical Native American encampments, the Steven Ben-nack Potawatomi Indian village, a portion of the Goshen-Logansport trail, and the Tippecanoe River ford where several early Native American trails crossed the river;

     Whereas, since the early to mid 1990's, Potawatomi Wildlife Park has had in effect a policy promoting the wise use of lighting. The implementation of this policy has made Potawatomi Wildlife Park the first official "Dark Sky Preserve" in the State of Indiana;

    Whereas, Potawatomi Wildlife Park promotes wise lighting principles in their educational outreach programs to the community. In addition, local and regional astronomical

societies utilize Potawatomi Wildlife Park for their dark sky observation site; and

     Whereas, The Indiana Council on Outdoor Lighting Education (ICOLE) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) have recognized Potawatomi Wildlife Park as Indiana's first dark-sky preserve: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly recognizes Potawatomi Wildlife Park as Indiana's first dark-sky preserve.
    SECTION 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby
directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Michael Stephan, Park Manager of the Potawatomi Wildlife Park.