(GENTIAN LAKE) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence and State D.N.R. Director Cameron Clark were among those on hand Thursday afternoon for the formal dedication and grand opening of the Trine State Recreation Area. Pence said preserving natural resources is economic development. The property was acquired in 2006 through the 101 Lakes Land Trust, ACRES Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. Pence noted the $2.3 million contribution from Steuben County residents Sheri and Ralph Trine. The governor along with D.N.R. staff and supporting partners in the eight year project took part in a plaque unveiling and ribbon cutting ceremony. There was also a greeting and blessing from members of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. The Trine S.R.A. has been open to the public since a soft opening last November. The Grand Opening also coincides with the opening of the 12 cabins at the Trine S.R.A. which are available for overnight rental.
A young child helped Indiana Governor Mike Pence and other officials with the ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday at the Trine S.R.A..