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Ferdinand State Forest Essay

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Growing up in Southern Indiana, trips to the Ferdinand State Forest inspired many fantastic memories. Who had the foresight to plan such an amazing place? Who chronicled the history of the Ferdinand State Forest? According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, “In 1933, a local conservation club raised funds to buy 900 acres to build a lake and establish an area to hunt and fish.” The Ferdinand State Forest plans started at a hunting party on Saturday, December 9, 1933, John Bartley, Sylvester Fleig, and Joe Wirtzberger met with George Theyson, district representative for the Indiana Conservation Department, and Guy “Farmer” Purcell, an Evansville businessman to discuss the depletion of the woods around Ferdinand and the declining…show more content…
The Ferdinand State Forest stretches into three countries (Begle 2). Since 1934 the Ferdinand State Forest continues to build a swimming beach, a beautiful family campground, boat ramp, boat docks, and more shelter houses (Johanneman Phyllis 83). The picnic area, shelter house, custodian’s residence, barn, and service building still used today (Begle 2). Excellent deer hunting and squirrel hunting are what the Ferdinand State Forest is well known for (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 1). In order to hunt whitetail deer, turkey, squirrel, fox, and racoon people that want to hunt in the Ferdinand State Forest has to have a valid hunting license. In order to fish in Ferdinand Lake, Coyote Lake, Campground Lake, and Fossil Lake people have to have a valid Indiana fishing license (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 2). In order to get a campsite in the Ferdinand State Forest campgrounds people have to get there before the campgrounds gets filled up (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 1). Ferdinand State Forest has picnic tables and grills located in every 69 campground sites (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 2). In the campsites the Ferdinand State Forest has vault toilets and seasonal drinking water (Indiana Department of Natural Resources 1). For people wanting to use a boat motor they can only use electric trolling motors only on…show more content…
The reason why these people should think twice about cutting down the forest because they will destroy many of habitats. Hunters that hunt at the Ferdinand State Forest will have to hunt somewhere else. This could cause over hunting in other areas because of the forest a lot of hunters hunt there at the Ferdinand Forest. If people cut down the Ferdinand State Forest, people that walk in the forest will not have a beautiful place to walk anymore. According to Kathy Tretter, “For the Tretter family, the Ferdinand State Forest is Personal.” Richard Tretter and Jim Kemper works together to stop them from cutting down the forest because they have land in the Ferdinand State Forest. The Kemper family and Tretter family stretches back five generations and still continues today with their children and grandchildren. Right now Kemper’s land has become threatened by the people wanting to cut down the Ferdinand State Forest (Tretter
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