The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers regulatory and land management services that aim to preserve and enhance state’s natural resources. The organization features several divisions such as entomology and pathology, historic preservation and archeology, oil and gas, outdoor recreation, and water.
The department’s Division of Engineering features a multi-disciplined team of professionals that coordinate utility constructions, design new parks and inns, and establish handicap-accessible trails for hikers. The Division of Water provides regulatory services and public information. The division takes part in floodplain hazard analysis, lakebed and shoreline alterations, floodway constructions, and dam safety. It also offers water resource information for citizens, government agencies, industries and environmental groups.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources provides law enforcement services and education related to the use of Indiana’s natural resources. In addition to enforcing state law, the staff provides underwater search and recovery, investigations into boat accidents, and wildlife forensics. The officers also conduct boater, hunter, snowmobile and trapper education. The Division of Forestry takes part in timber production, recreation, hunting and watershed protection.
The Division of Reclamation monitors active coal mines and construction projects and responds to citizen inquiries on mining and land restoration. The department’s communication center plays a role in the publication of the Outdoor Indiana magazine, annual guidebooks and online content.