The Commission:

  • Name: Indiana Natural Resources Commission
  • Regulatory or advisory: Regulatory
  • Number of voting members: 12
  • Term length: 3 years
  • How selected: Appointed by Governor
  • Selection criteria per statute

At least two (2) members “must have knowledge, experience, or education in the environment or in natural resource conservation. Not more than three (3) citizen members may be of the same political party.”

  • From the Commission’s website

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission is an autonomous board that addresses issues pertaining to the Department of Natural Resources.”

The Agency:

  • Name: Division of Fish & Wildlife
  • Type: Subagency within Department of Natural Resources
  • Title of Agency Director: Director
  • Selection process: Appointed by Governor
  • Mission statement from agency website

The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana’s citizens through professional leadership, management, and education.”


† Other: Lake and River Enhancement Program (tax on boat registrations), Non-game Fund (mostly donations)

Source: Julia Geshke, Federal Aid Coordinator, Indiana DNR. 2021.

Find Your State

America’s Wildlife Values was an extensive 2018 nationwide survey led by Colorado State University of public attitudes towards wildlife. Findings were compared with a 2004 survey to identify trends. Researchers also surveyed personnel at state wildlife agencies. Reports are available for national, state and agency results. (Some state agencies did not participate.)

State Report

Agency Culture Memo

National Report