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One of Indiana’s earliest environmentalists — 20th century writer Gene Stratton-Porter — is set to be inducted into the Indiana Conservation Hall of Fame.

Porter, who died in 1924, will be posthumously inducted Friday during a banquet in Indianapolis. She’s among more than a dozen people being honored for their contributions to Indiana’s natural or cultural heritage.

Porter authored 12 novels and other works that helped bring environmental issues to the public’s attention.

She’s best known for the 1909 novel “A Girl of the Limberlost” that tells the story of a girl living with her mother on the edge of northeastern Indiana’s Limberlost Swamp.

That 13,000-acre swamp was drained a century ago to create farmland.

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