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Today’s state foresters are not allowing this natural cycle to occur, and their interruptive and fruitless efforts to grow currently popular intermediate hardwoods short-circuits this forest succession in the second stage.
It is my hope that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources might come to its senses. There is no scientific reason to increase logging by such a large amount — in fact just the opposite. That leaves only profit generation as an explanation for their actions.
The bill appeared to have enough votes to pass. We were heartened so many Republican senators saw the value in protecting this fraction of taxpayer-owned land for wilderness recreation and deep forest wildlife habitat.
The Indiana Forest Alliance’s new 6-minute video about Indiana’s quickly diminishing public forestland launched February 1 and has been viewed by thousands of people on YouTube and Facebook. It features eight Indiana residents–not actors–who are experiencing the effects of our state government’s unprecedented increase in logging.
If enough us speak out and keep speaking out, have no doubt that we can and will change this tragic story into a new commitment in Indiana’s bicentennial year, to let wild nature return to our state forests …
One goal set forth in the new Strategic Plan is to utilize existing and create additional methods to solicit meaningful input from Hoosiers. The DOF, however, neglected to provide the public with a single opportunity to comment on the plan before it was finalized.
The damaged land seemed to be begging for our attention, as if it had called us each to that place, juxtaposing such beauty with loss.