Wildlife enthusiasts discuss Blue Grass Fish & Wildlife Area upgrades

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — During the summer the Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area is packed with people from all around the Tri-State enjoying it’s unique, natural beauty. Right now during the winter, much of the land is closed for activity so some are using the downtime to discuss what they want the area to look like before the busy summer season arrives.

“I’ve always since my kids were little, drove out there. We just take nightly drives and check out the deer. Sometimes all I see is an opossum and I’m still excited, I just love everything out there,” said Angie Stanley.

Stanley is just one of many Tri-Staters who is looking for ways to enhance the land known as Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area.

“The fishing is fantastic because the river and other lakes, surrounding areas are alright but there it’s fantastic,” said Paul Svec.

The Friends of Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area organized an open public meeting to recruit new members and come up with ideas of things to include in the area. Some of those ideas include boating and kayaking safety courses, more trails for walking and bird watching and new docks and boat ramps.

“We’ve had people interested in having birding towers out there for birders to see and even just bird boxes for different types of birds,” said Stanley.

“It’s a great place to fish, teach people how to fish. If you teach a kid to fish, he’s hooked for life,” said Svec.

The area doesn’t have a main office where visitors need to pay in order to use the land so the group hopes to hold fundraisers in the future in order to make the changes the public desires possible.

“I think this is going to be a long work in progress but we are definitely trying to get things going so that we can find common goals and common projects that everyone can agree on and start working on and getting funding for them,” said Stanley.

To contact the group to give your recommendation for the area or to join the Friends of Blue Grass Fish and Wildlife Area, click here.

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(This story was originally published on January 20, 2020)

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