About Friends of Goose Pond

Our Mission

Friends of Goose Pond (FoGP) supports wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County Indiana through environmental education, scientific research and recreational activities and programs.

Our Vision

Vision Statement Goose Pond: Wildly diverse global ecosystem inspiring, educating and providing recreation for all.

Friends of Goose Pond (FoGP) was established to support the goals of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area through environmental education, scientific research and recreational activities and programs. We encourage you to browse our site, learn of our activities, and plan a visit to the area. We are pleased at the success the wetland restoration has achieved in such a short time and are encouraged at the abundance of bird and wildlife species that are using the area. Our activities include Marsh Madness scheduled for early spring in conjunction with the annual Sandhill Crane migration, Community Birding Days, Wild- flower Walks, Dove Hunts, School Field Trips, Clean-up Days, a photo contest, hat sales and the annual Goose Pond Calendar.

Description

Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area is dedicated to providing quality hunting, wildlife viewing and trapping opportunities while maintaining 8,064 acres of prairie and marsh habitat. Prior to the property being acquired by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the previous landowner entered into a perma- nent easement with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This permanent easement was part of the Wetlands Reserve Pro- gram (WRP) and consisted of 7,200 acres. NRCS then assumed responsibility for the wetland restoration. In October 2005, with the help of The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Indiana Department of Transportation, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and many other organizations, IDNR purchased the 8,064-acre property including the 7,200 acres under permanent WRP easement, creating Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area.

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