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Lake association to partner with DNR regarding former Lambright farm

TheBoardoftheOliverandMartinLakesConservationandImprovementAssociation(OMlCIA)hasenteredintoanagreementwiththeIndianaDepartmentofNaturalResources(DNR) topartnerinholdingaconservationeasementthatisrecordedaspartofthe deed forcertainpropertyformerlyownedbyAlvinandRuthLambrightandnowownedbyLaGrangeCounty.

       Theconservationeasementconfersonitsholdercertainlegalstandingtoenforcetherestrictivecovenantsassociatedwiththeproperty, locatedonthesouthshoreofOliverLakeinLaGrangeCounty.ItwastheLambrights'wishthattheir propertybeutilizedonlyasafarm,andwithrestrictions includingonlyonehome,nologging,and preservingthenaturalscenicbeauty ofthe5,596ft.ofundevelopedshoreline.

    InJune2013,theOMlCIABoardvotedtomodifyitsArticlesofIncorporationtoexpandthepurposeof the associationtoincludethatofservingasaholderofaconservationeasement.Theboardthen requestedtheDNRtojointheassociationasaholder,withsimilarlegalstandingtoenforcethe covenants.

    TheboardbelievedthatincludingtheresourcesandyearsofexperiencetheDNRhasthroughitsDivisionofNaturePreserves,includingtheOlinNaturePreserve,wouldprovideinvaluablesupporttowardits missiontohelp retainthenaturalbeautyoftheOliver,Olin,andMartinlakeschainforallIndianacitizensforgenerationstocome.

    Ittooksixmonthstoobtainthestaterequiredapprovalsandfortheagreementtobesigned,finalized,andrecorded. InadditiontotheDNR,approvingagenciesincludedtheIndianaAttorneyGeneral,theIndianaDepartmentofStateAdministrationandthe IndianaStateBudgetAgency.TheDNRnowco-ownswiththe association alloftheconservationeasementrightsandinterestsinthisconservationeasement.The DNRhastherightalongwiththeassociationtoenforcetherestrictionsintoperpetuity.

    "Thisistrulyanhistoriceventforourlakes.TheassociationispleasedtobeabletobuildonourlongandsuccessfulrelationshipwiththeIndianaDNRanditsDivisionofNaturePreserves,"saidOMLCIABoardPresident Dr.LynnBowen."Welookforwardtoworkingwiththemonanumberofotherprojects toimprovewaterqualityandnaturalhabitatin2014andbeyond."