“We believe these conservation areas … will have the potential to serve as a national model for future land and water landscape protection across the United States of America, and that’s our aim.”
- Governor Mike Pence
On October 9, 2013 Governor Mike Pence visited Cope Environmental Center to announce the creation of the Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area. This corridor of continuous, protected land will stretch south of CEC and through Brookville Reservoir and Whitewater Memorial State Park. CEC is excited to act as the northern “trail-head” for this exciting project, which demonstrates Indiana’s re-commitment to environmental stewardship in honor of the state’s upcoming 200th year. Funds through Bicentennial Nature Trust will enable CEC to purchase and manage new lands adjacent to the center for use in environmental education. Other land in the corridor will be purchased and managed by our good friends at Whitewater Valley Land Trust.
The state hoped to create the Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area in a region in need of more protected lands. East-Central Indiana has long been identified as an area undeserved in public lands with biologically significant assets. In addition, our community has a long-standing tradition of land conservation- many property owners around the center have already engaged in conservation easements that have laid the foundation for a larger protected corridor like the Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Area. Finally, it only made sense to establish a massive preservation near an existing environmental education center…Cope Environmental Center!
For more information about the Indiana’s Bicentennial Celebration visit: http://www.in.gov/indiana2016/
For more news about the Governor’s visit: http://www.pal-item.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013310090009