A group of resource management professionals have teamed up with other advocates in support of Indiana’s state parks and state-owned nature preserves. The Indiana Resource Managers Association, Inc. (IRMA) has ceased operations and transferred its assets to the Indiana Parks Alliance (IPA). Ron Hellmich is a longtime board member and president of IRMA. He told the IPA board of directors that IRMA had determined that IPA was advocating effectively for stewardship of Indiana’s natural resources, working to protect ash trees and providing mini-grants for DNR staff and similar purposes. Illustrating the synergy between the two organizations, Hellmich noted that Tom Burkhart, founding member and first president of IRMA, now serves on the IPA board.