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 ​​WEEK OF MAY 16 - 20

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Sharon Parker


 


MONDAY 

OPEN HOUSE SCOTT COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION


The community is invited to attend an open house in celebration of the Scott County Community Foundation’s 25th anniversary. The special event will be held May 19, and visitors can stop in anytime between 8 and 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available, and door prizes will be awarded. The office is at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. Since awarding its first community grants totaling $50,000 in 1997, the Community Foundation has been Scott County’s partner for positive change. Scholarships and grants totaling more than $5.3 million have made it possible for local students to attend college and for the diverse needs of our neighbors to be served. In addition, about $13 million has been funneled to Scott County through the Community Foundation through the generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc. Projects that have been made possible due to this funding include the CAPE educational initiative, Lifelong Learning Center, Scott County Family YMCA, Scott County Clearinghouse, Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, recreational areas in Austin, Lexington and Scottsburg, and more. For more information, you may call 812-752-2057, email info@scottcountyfoundation.org or visit www.scottcountyfoundation.org. You may also stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg


Charlestown City Police Department Vial of Life


The Charlestown Police Department, in cooperation with the New Washington State Bank, introduce the Vial of Life project. Designed for Charlestown residents with important medical conditions; who live alone or are frequently home alone. The Vial of Life project involves a green pill bottle placed in the home refrigerator door; containing a form of medical information to assist first responders in the event of an emergency. If incapacitated and not able to communicate important medical information; an included sign on the front door of the home directs first responders to the Vial of Life, containing important medical information. The Vial of Life project is nation-wide, so the option also exists to maintain your important medical records, safely on-line in the event you need to direct medical personnel to it quickly away from home.  Charlestown residents with medical conditions, who live alone or are home alone a lot; can get a Vial of Life do it yourself kit for home, free of charge. Simply visit the main branch of the New Washington State Bank (1083 Market St., Charlestown) or Charlestown Police Headquarters (703 Main St., Charlestown); during regular business hours, to pick up your Vial of Life home kit. For more convenience, just email the Charlestown Police Department at online@ctownpd.com to request delivery of a Vial of Life home kit.




Scott County Indiana Visitors Commission


The Scott County 4H Fair Announces their dates for 2022!
Scott County 4-H Fair Opens - Sunday, July 3
Running July 3 - 9, 2022
The Fair Carnival will Open - Tuesday, July 5


 



TUESDAY


Two Killed in Police-Involved Shooting near Palmyra

Harrison County - May 16, 2022: Two individuals were killed Monday evening after police and Good Samaritans stopped to assist with an apparent stranded motorist.  Around 9:30 Monday evening, an officer with the Palmyra Police Department responded to assist a white Ford Escape stopped in the roadway in the twelve-thousand block of SR 135 south of Palmyra. The Escape was driven by Justin Moore, 31, of Owensboro, Kentucky.  As the officer arrived, two Good Samaritans in a pick-up truck also stopped to assist. Within seconds of exiting their cars, shots were fired; killing Justin Moore and one of the Good Samaritans; twenty-four-year-old Jacob Tyler McClanahan, of Corydon, Indiana.  Police and first responders immediately responded to the scene and attempted lifesaving measures but were unsuccessful. The Palmyra officer was transported to the Harrison County Hospital for minor injuries.   Harrison County authorities requested Indiana State Police investigate the shooting, and Detectives from the Sellersburg Post responded to the scene.  The investigation is ongoing as of the writing of this news release, and detectives and crime scene technicians are still on the scene. State Road 135 remains closed at the crime scene and will likely be closed for several hours. Investigators have not released how many weapons were involved, how many shots were fired, or who fired the shots. 



 SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFFS’ OFFICE CRIME TIP-LINE…ANOTHER TOOL AVAILABLE FOR THE VIGILANT “CITIZEN DEPUTY”


Scott-The Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…always poised at the ready to receive vital information known at times only to the citizen caller. The number to call is 812-752-7898…this is the Tip-Line number for the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office ONLY. If a call is placed to another tip-line managed by another police agency, the information will only be known to that agency, not all agencies within Scott County. If you have information concerning a crime or suspicious activity within Scott County, please feel free to make the call to the Scott County Sheriffs’ Office Tip-Line at 812-752-7898.
Remember, you can remain anonymous




​​TAIL WAGGING TUESDAY PETS OF THE WEEK 

 

 

 

 

 

  




Pet Of The Week
Meet sweet Serina. Serina is 10 months old and ready to play! Serina is a cat that is pretty much all over the place. She does well with other cats and loves to have people attention. Call the Humane Society of Scott County at 812-752-7500 for adoption information. Sisaveapet.com














Pet of the Week
Mr. BB, neutered dalmation mix is about a year old and just the cutest thing ever! A little nervous at first but settles in quickly. Fast mover! A little reactive to some other dogs so needs a slow introduction or would really love an active family of his very own. 25 pounds.
Contact tluta@yahoo.com or call the Humane Society of Scott County 

812-752-7500

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SCOTT COUNTY IS LOCATED AT 1176  NORTH GARDNER STREET IN SCOTTSBURG





Internship Position Available

Do you have a passion for working with students? An internship position is available for college juniors, seniors and graduate students to assist guidance counselors and work with local high school students through the fall semester of 2022, and may be extended into the spring semester pending funding. The position is made available to the Scott County Community Foundation through a program funded by Lilly Endowment. The Community Foundation Internships (CFI) program is part of Lilly’s goals to help build healthy Indiana community foundations and to provide college students with real-life work experiences. The Scott County Community Foundation is seeking a student to work about 23 hours per week during the fall semester to assist the high schools with counseling students on career and college plans, coordinate job shadow and internship opportunities as well as college/career fairs, assist 21st Century Scholars with requirements and more. A major in education, sociology, psychology or counseling is a plus, as is a background with youth services. The position will start in August 2022. The internship is a paid position, with a salary of $13 per hour. Students must be enrolled part- or full-time at an Indiana college or university, and non-traditional college students (adults who have returned to school) are encouraged to apply. Applications/resumes will be due Wednesday, June 1. A complete job description is available by contacting Charlotte Boswell at charlotte.boswell@scottcountyfoundation.org. You may also call 752-2057, or stop in the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg.





WEDNESDAY



Scott County Indiana Sheriff's Office 


**Update-Arrest Made**
Crash Resulting in Death Remains under Investigation – Publics Help Sought
Scott County-On Today’s date the Scott County Circuit Court issued an arrest warrant for Cheyenne Elizabeth Paige Taylor, 25 years old from Austin, IN for the charges of Reckless Homicide, Recklessly Kills Another Human Being, (Felony) False Informing, (Misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving, Driving at an Unreasonable High or Low Speed so to Endanger Safety, (Misdemeanor).
Cheyenne Elizabeth Paige Taylor was arrested by Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies without incident at her residence after a lengthy car crash investigation that began back on January 24th, 2022, by Scott County Sheriff’s Deputies, troopers from the Indiana State Police and the Scott County Prosecutor’s Office. She was incarcerated at the Scott County Jail awaiting her first court appearance.
Below the photo of the arrested is a copy of the original news release explaining the Fatal Car Crash.
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On January 24th at approximately 6:17am, Deputies were dispatched to State Road 256 near Bethlehem Road in north eastern Scott County reference a serious automobile crash that resulted in the death of a Jefferson County, Indiana resident. The continuing investigation, conducted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and assisted by the Indiana State Police, revealed one of the vehicles involved in the head on crash was allegedly passing other vehicles prior to slamming head on into the vehicle driven by Karena Monroe, 51 of Lexington who was killed in the crash.
It is alleged Cheyenne Taylor, 24 of Scottsburg ran two cars off of the roadway prior to crashing into the deceased. Investigators are seeking help from the public in identifying the two alleged drivers who were ran off of the roadway by Taylor as she was passing other motorist prior to the crash.
If you have information regarding the identity of the two-motorist sought above, please call Scott County Sheriff’s Office Captain Shawn Mayer or Detective Sergeant Jacklyn Shofner at 812-752-8400. Remember, you can remain anonymous.




Nominations being accepted for the 2022 Scottsburg High School “Outstanding Alumnus”.


The Scottsburg High School Alumni Association, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2022 “Outstanding Alumnus” Award. This honor will be presented at the annual Alumni Banquet, to be held June 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM at the Mid-America Science Park, 821 S. Lake Rd. in Scottsburg. Any graduate of Scottsburg High School is eligible for nomination. Anyone wishing to nominate an SHS alumnus is asked to submit a letter of nomination including the candidate’s name, address, age, graduating year, biographical information, and why the candidate should be considered for this honor. Include information such as personal accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and any other information that will aid the committee in making a selection. Also include your name and contact information.
Nominations may be submitted by mail to:
SHS Alumni Association, Inc.
Outstanding Alumni Nomination
P.O. Box 161
Scottsburg, IN 47170
The deadline for submitting nominations is May 27, 2022. If your nomination is selected as one of the 2022 Outstanding Alumni, you will be notified ahead of time and will need to make sure that your nominee will be attending the SHS Alumni banquet.
Email nominations to: scottsburgINalumni@gmail.com



Tattered Flag Deposit Box


(Frequently Asked Question, what do I do with a Damaged or Worn-Out Flag?)
Scott County- One of the most frequently asked questions is what to do with a United States Flag, Prisoner of War Flag or Indiana State Flag, that is damaged or worn out. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has mounted a “Tattered Flag Deposit Box” on the corner of First Street and Wardell Street, (Northwest Corner of the Jail property). The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is for citizens to bring their worn out or tattered United States, Prisoner of War, or Indiana State Flags to be deposited and retired properly. The flags will be given to the Veterans Affairs Office in Scott County who will then give them to the local veteran’s organizations to be disposed of/retired properly. The Tattered Flag Deposit Box is the idea of Scott County Deputy Josh Hammond. Sheriff Goodin stated “our patriotism can never be shown enough as the exterior of the Scott County Jail has been recently re-decorated by Indiana State and United States Flags.” “This flag deposit box is just another way to honor our great country our U. S. Flag and state flag by retiring them the proper way. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has also created a designated parking spot for the counties’ Disabled Veterans Transport Van. This is to honor our Veterans also.  The Tattered Flag Box was decorated by Watson’s Signs and mounted by Scott County Inmates. The parking spot was painted by the Scott County Inmates. No tax monies were used.


​CASA of Scott County,


CASA is needing caring volunteers to advocate for the children of Scott County. As an advocate, you will inform the court as to what is in the child's best interest and make sure their needs are being met. You will be the voice for a child in court. Volunteers receive training, and can expect to perform background checks and fingerprinting. Volunteer hours are very flexible and can be worked around your work schedule. Please call today and give the children of Scott County a voice! Your voice and your time can make all the difference to a child in foster care. Call Debrah at 812-752-4748 for more information.




 

THURSDAY


MAN CONVICTED OF AIDING, INDUCING, OR CAUSING DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE SENTENCED TO 14 YEARS


SCOTT COUNTY (May 19, 2022) – After pleading guilty to Aiding, Inducing, or Causing Dealing in Methamphetamine, and after sentencing arguments were presented to the Court by the Prosecutor’s Office and by the defense counsel, Matthew Banks has been sentenced to fourteen (14) years to the Indiana Department of Correction. The Court Ordered the sentence to be served with the first seven (7) years in prison, the next three (3) years on Home Detention, and the final four (4) years on probation. As part of the sentence handed down by the Court, Mr. Banks will be offered opportunities to participate in drug treatment programming. The conviction stemmed from the crime he committed on August 28, 2019, when officers with the Scottsburg Police Department conducted a controlled purchase of methamphetamine from a different suspected drug dealer. After the initial controlled purchase of methamphetamine was made, officers learned that Matthew Banks intended to deal more methamphetamine in addition to firearms. After Matthew Banks and another individual completed the dealing of both methamphetamine and firearms, the officers located Matthew Banks near the vehicle in which they had observed the controlled purchases occur. Officers searched Matthew Banks and located a set of digital scales and two small zip baggies, which are commonly used in the sale and delivery of methamphetamine and other controlled substances. “The Prosecutor’s Office is committed to making Scott County the safest place we can. This case took both illegal drugs and firearms off our streets and out of the hands of those individuals who should not possess them,”stated Chris Owens, Scott County Prosecuting Attorney. I would like to thank the Scottsburg Police Department for their work that led to this conviction and for getting these drugs and firearms off of our streets. I also want to thank Chief Deputy Prosecutor Amanda Herald and Deputy Prosecutor Alexa Bischoff for their work in obtaining the conviction and sentence in this matter.



YOUTH SUMMIT


Incoming high school juniors and seniors who live or attend high school in Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, or Washington counties are invited to attend a youth summit in August. This includes homeschool and private school students. “Own It!” will feature sessions on entrepreneurship, nonprofit, government, inclusion, financial literacy, and relationship-building. There will be prizes and giveaways. Youth will leave with new friends, new skills, and the opportunity to develop leadership abilities. The cost to attend is $20 per person, and scholarships are available. The youth summit is hosted by Align Southern Indiana, a nonprofit organization located in the Southern Indiana. One of Align’s long-term outcomes is that community citizens will be fostered to become regional leaders.
The event will be held Thursday, Aug. 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Mount St. Francis. Registration is due by Aug. 5 and is required, as the summit is limited to 50 participants. Registration can be found here: https://givebutter.com/OwnIt or by visiting the Align Southern Indiana website, www.alignsi.com under “News.” Questions can be directed to Nathan at Nathan@leadershipharrisoncounty.org or Mark Eddy at meddy@leadershipsi.org.



Indiana Department of Natural Resources 


We’re looking for volunteer paddlers to record wildlife observations from canoes, kayaks or other motorized paddlecraft on Indiana’s waterways. The data, documented on a paddling trip postcard from June 1 – July 31, will help biologists estimate key wildlife populations over time. Interested? Sign up at http://dnr.IN.gov/.../wildlife.../paddlecraft-wildlife-index.




Spring Mill Inn at Spring Mill State Park will close for major renovation beginning Nov. 13. Reopening is expected in the first quarter of 2024.


The 73-room inn is structurally sound but needs significant work that requires extended closure of the entire facility, including the Millstone Dining Room, conference facilities, and overnight lodging. Funding for this project is provided through an infusion of dollars to address deferred maintenance needs in Indiana State Parks and other DNR properties by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana General Assembly. The base budget for the project is $10 million.
The primary goal of the project is modernization of all mechanical systems while retaining the historic, natural look and feel of the public spaces and guest rooms. The work includes replacement of water lines, fire alarms, sprinklers, and HVAC. The project also includes installing new windows and doors, making accessibility upgrades, as well as making additional guest room furnishing and bathroom upgrades, and replacing the existing swimming pool with a splash pad.
“Complete closure of one of our most iconic Indiana State Park inns for more than a year is a difficult decision,” said DNR Director Dan Bortner. “However, the modernization of the inn’s ‘behind the scenes’ safety and comfort systems is best accomplished with this approach.” “When guests can return, they will appreciate the improvements from the moment they check-in at the new centrally located welcome desk to their renovated rooms.” All inn associates will remain employed during the renovation, working in other areas of the park or at other inn locations. The inn will maintain an office with telephone and electronic communications inside the park to answer questions, make day-to-day contacts, and conduct future sales meetings. Its location will be announced once established.
The Spring Mill Inn opened in 1939. Indiana State Parks’ other six inns will be open and available for overnight lodging, conferences, weddings and receptions, and other events. Information is at IndianaInns.com.




CRADLE Crisis Pregnancy Center
C.R.A.D.L.E. is having our Annual Easter Fundraiser.


We are looking for homes to hide Easter eggs for individual Easter Egg Hunts for a donation to CRADLE. To register for the limited spots click the following link https://forms.gle/3K9hjFMbKv3JTTBj8
We are also in need of community members who are willing to help us make this a zero cost fundraiser by donating plastic eggs and wrapped candy or who will help by volunteering to fill eggs or hide Easter eggs on Saturday, April 16. To help or volunteer fill out the following link https://forms.gle/rKtgiMfejZjowREo6






FRIDAY ​​​

Officer saves Kokomo man thrown from boat

 
An Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) was in the right place at the right time this morning, saving the life of a Kokomo man. Robert Boyd, 76, was rescued in Mississinewa Lake at approximately 10:25 a.m. by Indiana Conservation Officer Hunter Law. Boyd was operating his watercraft when he was thrown from the vessel. ICO Law, who was on a routine patrol in the area, overheard a boat engine rev up and then quickly turn off. ICO Law quickly located the unoccupied boat in the middle of the lake. ICO Law discovered Boyd just underneath the surface of the water. Boyd was transported to shore where EMS transported him to Community Howard Regional Health for evaluation. Boyd was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD). A safety lanyard turned off the engine when Boyd was ejected. Without this safety precaution, the boat could have circled Boyd or struck another object.  Connservation Officers urge everyone to wear a PFD and for all boat operators to wear a safety lanyard.



Bridge work to close lanes on I-65 in Scott and Jackson Counties

SCOTT/JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.— Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to close lanes on I-65 starting next week to complete bridge repairs in Scott and Jackson Counties. Starting on or after Monday, May 23, single-lane closures will be in place at the following locations between MM 34 and MM 50:

I-65 SB near MM 34: Barrier wall repair
I-65 SB near MM 48: Bridge approach repair
I-65 NB near MM 49: Deck patching and joint repair

Motorists can expect lane closures from approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Work is scheduled to be complete by early June. Lane closures will be postponed if needed due to inclement weather. INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active work zones. 



Benchmark Family Services 


Do you have love to give? Have you ever considered becoming a licensed foster parent? Benchmark Family Services is looking for homes willing to provide a safe, loving, stable environment for children in foster care. Training is able to be completed virtually, if preferred, and is provided according to your availability. We would love to answer any questions that you may have. Reach out by PM, call 812-418-7313, or inquire through our website.
www.benchmarkfamilyservices.org



Hunters can donate deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers

Conservation Officers encourage Indiana hunters to donate harvested deer to help feed hungry Hoosiers. The Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund administered by the DNR Division of Law Enforcement provides grants to Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, the Dubois County Sportsmen Club, and Hunters and Farmers Feeding the Hungry to pay for processing fees when hunters donate legally harvested deer.  Participating in the program is simple: Enjoy a deer hunting experience.
Harvest a deer. rop off the field-dressed deer at a local participating processor.
Processing fees are paid for by the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund.
The processor will create healthy venison burger to distribute to food banks.
The participating organizations notify food banks throughout Indiana when venison is ready to be collected from certified Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund butchers. The food banks distribute venison to soup kitchens and food pantries. 
As a result of the 2020 deer hunting seasons, the Sportsmen’s Benevolence Fund provided funding to process more than 360 harvested deer that resulted in more than 20,650 pounds of venison being donated. 
For information on donating your harvested deer and participating processors, please visit sbf.IN.gov.



GHOST TOURS


With the haunting season nearly upon us, the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is home to two or three spirits. In the early 1800’s the state of Indiana was required to provide residence for the poor and disabled. The building in which the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum is housed was built in 1892 for this specific purpose. The building would remain at capacity until 1973, when the last inmate was moved out. The building then became county offices and court while the courthouse was under renovations. The building sat empty until the Preservation Alliance took possession of the building to be used as the present-day Scott County Museum. Since the early 1970’s people working in the building have reported hearing footsteps, voices call out their names and even a few actual full-bodied apparitions. The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum does conduct Friday and Saturday night paranormal investigations.
2 Hour Ghost Tour:
$10 per person with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 15. Reservations are required.
6 Hour Paranormal Investigations:
$20 per person with a maximum of 10 people.
50% deposit is required 2 weeks in advance to secure your tour type.
The Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will allow video recorders, voice recorders, EMF meters, still cameras, ghost box and other such devices. BUT absolutely NO Ouija boards are permitted on the grounds.
To schedule your tour or investigation experience call 812-752-1050 or email museumghosttours@gmail.com
100% of tours costs go to support the Museums operation costs.



New Safe Exchange Zone Opened by the Sheriff’s Office


Scott County-Working in cooperation with the Scott County Commissioners, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office has created a “Safe Exchange Zone,” for the exchange of children when child custody disputes are involved. The “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used by folks who sell items on social media and need a safe place to meet the person they are either buying from or selling to. The “Safe Exchange Zone’s” uses are really unlimited. The “Safe Exchange Zone” features a marked designated area directly across (west) of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The “Safe Exchange Zone” has fully functional recording cameras and these cameras are monitored 24 Hours a day. Once you get to the area of the Sheriff’s Office you can follow the signs to the “Safe Exchange Zone”. Sheriff Goodin stated, “This is just another thing that we can do to help our citizens feel and actually be safer”. Sheriff Goodin also wanted to thank the Scott County Commissioners for allowing the Sheriff’s Office to build the “Safe Exchange Zone” in their parking lot.




 








 

 

 

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL BUTTERFLY COUNT AT BIG OAKS NWR July 31, 2021 

 

Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, and Silver Spotted Skippers! These are just a few of the many species of butterfly you are sure to encounter when you come to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge for the annual butterfly count. Thirty-seven species of butterflies were spotted during the previous year’s survey count. Those attending should meet at the refuge office on the morning of Saturday, July 31st at 8:00 am. The refuge is especially interested in counting Monarch butterflies, whose populations have recently plummeted. These migratory beauties require native milkweeds to successfully reproduce. The loss of milkweed across the Midwest is one of the primary reasons for their decline. A $3.00 donation to the North American Butterfly Association would be appreciated for those participating in the count. Survey teams will be divided up based on the length of time you wish to spend in the field. Some folks may choose to join us for the entire day; others may want to make it a half day. Bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks or lunch and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended, but not required. Long pants are also recommended. For directions to the refuge, please call or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks. 

                                                                                                 

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists of approximately 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides excellent public use opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, interpretation and environmental education. The refuge has one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in the southeastern part of the state as well as one of the largest grassland complexes in the state, both of which provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities to refuge visitors.  

 

Go on a nature walk or a birding tour, participate in fishing or a special hunt, enter a photography or wildlife art contest, or simply enjoy the splendors of nature at one of the nearly 550 national wildlife refuges.   

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses nearly 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.