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Legislators outline projects, jobs at Indian Lake

A full house at the Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall learned about a number of projects that will sprout with spring flowers around Indian Lake, outlined Friday by local and state leaders at the annual Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Luncheon.

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FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Indian Lake State Park Manager George Stoltis addresses guests of the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative luncheon Friday. ABOVE: Ohio Department of Transportion projects slated for the Indian Lake area were outlined at the luncheon. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | SUE PITTS)

Indian Lake remains on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ radar with the local state park ranking number two in the state for revenue, second only to East Harbor on Lake Erie, according to Assistant Chief of Parks Jon Dobney, who pledged his office’s commitment to protect the area’s valuable natural resources that are so vital to the local economy.

Indian Lake State Park Manager George Sholtis said while there were a lot of changes at the local state parks during the past year, the most dramatic has been the removal of scores of trees as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer.

“It’s a very sad thing,” he said, “but a very necessary thing.” He said the last thing a state park worker wants to do is remove trees, but it was necessary to contain the local threat.

On the up side, he said the park is looking to buy and transplant five to 10 mature trees and wants to offer a tree donation program. Additionally, he said the Indian Lake Development Corporation is considering a financial contribution to augment the woodland replacement program.

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