By SCOTT DAVIS
The Department of Natural Resources has released a new version of its mobile application, Indiana DNR. The redesigned app is now available for both the Apple and Android platforms.
“The new app builds on the success of our previous iPhone application and adds new features,” DNR director Cameron Clark said. “It’s meant to be a portable field guide to information people frequently use off the main DNR website. We’re especially pleased that we can offer it at no cost to those who enjoy the Indiana outdoors.”
In addition to an interactive map that locates DNR properties and spots for camping, hunting and fishing, it also includes the most popular information from the dnr.IN.gov website, such as fishing and hunting seasons, camping fees and property rules.
Users also can access a calendar of events at DNR properties, the latest news releases, and contact information for Indiana Conservation Officers.
DNR partnered with the mobile technology group in the state’s Indiana Office of Technology to redesign the interface to appeal to a broader and younger audience.
“The opening menu is quite different from those normally found with other state natural resources applications,” said Scott Davis, DNR senior webmaster. “We really wanted to appeal to a younger audience to get them interested in the outdoors. We’ve incorporated a lot of user feedback into this version.”
The partnership with IOT provides a good framework to grow features, he said.
The application is available for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Users of the existing Indiana DNR mobile app will simply need to upgrade through using the app store.
The previous DNR app was launched in March 2011, and was downloaded nearly 33,000 times.