Authors: Senator Mark Stoops
Requires the department of natural resources (DNR) to undertake a comprehensive review of all state public lands and to recommend tracts of land that meet certain conditions for designation by the general assembly as state wilderness areas. Permits Indiana citizens to nominate tracts of land for designation as state wilderness areas. Requires the DNR to prepare proposed rules concerning the maintenance and recreational use of the state wilderness areas, and requires the natural resources commission to adopt rules based on the DNR's proposed rules. Requires that the state wilderness areas be managed so as to maintain their wild character.