- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is opening 1,166 acres along the Wabash River to public use as part of its Healthy Rivers Initiative.

The lands will open to public use with the start of spring turkey hunting season on Wednesday.

The lands being added include more than 800 acres in Vermillion and Vigo counties that will be managed as part of the Wabash River Conservation Area; 245 acres in Sullivan and Vigo counties that will be managed as part of Fairbanks Landing Fish & Wildlife Area; and more than 100 acres in Vigo County becoming part of Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Area.

The Healthy Rivers program began in 2010 to secure permanent conservation protection of nearly 70,000 acres along Sugar Creek and the Wabash and Muscatatuck Rivers.

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