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Dark Skies and the Hoosier National Forest

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Upland Brewery Banquet Facility.

350 W 11th St

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Dark Sky Designation at the Hoosier National Forest

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Bryce Himebaugh, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Intelligent Systems Engineering Department at Indiana University, and Andrea Crain, Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. Forest Service - Hoosier National Forest (HNF) will discuss a collaborative effort between Indiana University and the HNF to achieve International Dark-Sky Association Dark Sky Park Designation for the HNF. Crain will discuss the importance of the designation. Himebaugh will discuss the ongoing efforts to create a persistent light sensor along with plans for an innovative data collection effort. We will also have a special music performance by the local choral group Voces Novae Bloomington and Malcolm Dalglish.

Light pollution has become a significant concern for much of the developed areas of the world. 80% of the population of the United States lives under a sky affected by light pollution. Organizations such as the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) have been formed for educate and inform the public about the negative effects of light pollution. The IDA promotes conservation efforts by land managers to actively measure and mitigate the effects of light pollution on their property. As part of this effort, land managers can seek a designation that represents a commitment to identification of dark sky areas, monitoring of changes to dark sky within the property, and taking steps to educate and mitigate changes to outdoor lighting.

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