A SENATE RESOLUTION to recognize Potawatomi Wildlife Park
as the first Dark-Sky Preserve in Indiana.
, read first time and referred to Committee on
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,
SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly
recognizes Potawatomi Wildlife Park as Indiana's first dark-sky
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.