Join Us in Congratulating the Loon Lake Property Owners Association!

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 1:44pm

Friday, November 18, 2016 was a historic day for The Loon Lake Property Owners Association (LLPOA). On that day the LLPOA took possession of 7.3 acres of wooded and wetland property to be preserved in its natural state for generations to come.  The purchase of this land from the previous owners, Steve and Cassie Lisle was made possible in large part due to a $75000 grant received from the Indiana Bicentennial Nature Trust (BNT).  These funds were matched by the LLPOA enabling the purchase.  “We are proud to partner with The Loon Lake Property Owners Association to protect this special property,” said Mark Becker, BNT Program Director.  “This project could not have happened without the vision and dedication of lake association.”

The property is located off County Road 600W in Noble County, directly adjacent to Loon Lake.  It consists of 7.3 acres, most of which is wetlands.  It also encompasses just over 600 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Loon Lake.  The parcel is home to numerous species of wildlife, native birds and migrating water fowl.  In addition there have been numerous sightings of a bald eagle nesting on the property.  

Taking possession of this land was the culmination of a long process which started almost three years earlier.  The purchase was the result of the vision of some forward looking Loon Lake property owners  coupled with the Lisle's desire to see the property remain undeveloped.  The ground is one of the last remaining undeveloped parcels of land on Loon Lake and everyone involved in the project was deeply committed to seeing it preserved.   Future use of the land will now be governed by a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Easement that requires strict adherence to a carefully drafted set of rules and guidelines that both limit development and insure the grounds will be preserved for the benefit of future generations.

The BNT is a project of the Bicentennial Commission, co-chaired by former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton. The program was established to acquire land for conservation and recreation to serve as a perpetual gift to all Hoosiers in celebration of Indiana’s 200 years of statehood in 2016.  This statewide effort honors the establishment of the state park system, which was created in 1916 to commemorate Indiana’s centennial. $20 million in state funding was obligated for BNT projects, and the Lilly Endowment donated another $10 million to the effort. Money from the fund is matched no less than $1:1 by project sponsors. To date, the Bicentennial Commission has approved 184 projects, and 129 of the projects have been completed for a total of 11,096 acres protected statewide.