The Mid-States Corridor study project has reached another milestone with the recent release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that has for now selected Route P which mostly parallels US 231. This selection spares the significant impact to our cave and karst areas in Lawrence, Martin, and Orange counties west of Bedford, Mitchell, Orleans, and Paoli. The IKC has gone on record of opposing the new-terrain Routes "O" and "M" (see the IKC letter here).
While the announced preference appears very good, we cannot let our guard down, as the preferred route could still change as a result of public comments received between now and May 31st. As such, we still strongly encourage our members to write letters and submit comments reiterating opposition to Routes "O" and "M" and send to the Governor, InDOT Commissioner, and the Mid-State Corridor Project Manager (you can also submit comments on-line). We have created a Caver Call to Action Sheet with suggested ways to take action, what to say, contact information and links to resources.
Covid-19 Update: IKC preserves are currently open. If you visit a preserve, ensure that you follow CDC, state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and practice Leave No Trace principles. As this situation is ever-changing, the IKC may open and close preserves as required.
Following these guidelines will not guarantee infection prevention.
If you choose to visit an IKC preserve, keep in the mind the following:
- If you are sick, stay home. Guests should self pre-screen and if you are within a high-risk population, please consider staying home for your own safety.
- Please follow all current CDC guidelines as they pertain to unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals.
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Indiana DNR has reopened caves in both Spring Mill State Park and in Cave River Valley for recreational caving by groups on an interim basis. Groups wishing to gain access must apply for a permit and comply with proper WNS decontamination protocols. Click here for details.
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