Veteran member reacts to conservation club closing

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Daniel Herod went through some of the 4,000 pictures he has taken at the Jefferson Township Conservation Club Saturday. They can bring back some memories. Some of the memories can’t be seen in pictures.

“Fish, comradery and good people,” Herod said about the things that keep him coming back to the club.

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Herod thinks some of the comradery may leave when the conservation club’s lease with NIPSCO ends May 9. NIPSCO decided not to renew its lease with the club.

For the more-than-50-year veteran of the club, Herod was hurt when he heard the news.

“[I felt] kind of sick,” Herod said. “It’s like a part of me. It’s been a part of my entire life.”

However, NIPSCO Public Affairs Manager Stephanie Vandiver said the company decided to go a different direction with the Carroll County land.

“We want that area to be available for the whole public,” Vanidver said. “So, we want people to come and picnic and fish.”

Herod thinks the club was already serving the public. The club asked for a donation then anyone from the public could use the land. At one point the club had more than 1,000 members.

He said the club provides security for the area. For the last several years Herod has been running the grounds 24-7. He remembers when there was not constant security, and is afraid trouble will come without it.

“My boy was sleeping in a chair right beside our tent, and our firewood was right there, and when we woke up in the morning all our firewood was gone,” Herod said.

As for the building itself, it is unclear if it will be torn down.

Vandiver said NIPSCO does not have any plans to alter anything on the land, but also does not have plans to add or improve anything. However, Herod and other members said they will have to wait and see.

A public auction will be held at the Jefferson Township Conservation Club house on May 3, six days before the lease ends.

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