Conservation society meeting planned

Staff Reports

The Big Oaks Conservation Society will have a free, public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge’s office, 1661 W. JPG Niblo Road in Madison.

Liz Brownlee, a Jennings County native and executive director of Oak Heritage Conservancy, will present “Community conservation: Connecting the dots between people and land.” She will discuss innovating ways that conservation groups are engaging people with the natural world, with examples from Indiana and beyond. One purpose of the presentation is to promote ideas about programs that can work in southeast Indiana.

Oak Heritage Conservancy helps create nature preserves and hosts nature programs throughout southeast Indiana.

Big Oaks Conservation Society is the nonprofit support group of the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

Society members work closely with refuge staff to enhance public awareness, use and appreciation for the natural and cultural assets unique to the wildlife refuge. Meetings are conducted the first Monday of selected months at 6:30 p.m., usually at the Jefferson County Public Library in Madison.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge consists of about 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley and Jefferson counties in southeastern Indiana.