Public Comment

When the Indiana Division of Forestry plans to log a state forest area, they publish on their website a document called a Draft Resource Management Guide. Normally, citizens have the chance to make a public comment on these guides (known as DRMG’s) before the marking and bidding of timber can begin. You can help create a public record of dissent regarding the unprecedented amount of commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests.
Dissenting points typically may include “This logging will cause a hiking trail to be re-routed” or “Strategies for controlling invasive plants are not sustainable.”

** CURRENT LOGGING PLANS OPEN FOR COMMENT / DEADLINE Friday, October 13, midnight

Clark State Forest, compartment 3, tract 6
Clark State Forest, compartment 3, tract 8
Clark State Forest, compartment 6, tract 5
Pike State Forest, compartment 9, tract 8
Yellowwood State Forest, compartment 7, tract 19
You can make a public comment against these plans for the record, in your own words. Here’s how.
STEP 1:
Prepare a statement in a Word document. It can be as short as 100 words or as long as you want. Put in your own words why you don’t want to see this forest logged. You can use this general guide to help develop your comments.
STEP 2:
Visit this page on the DOF website to copy and paste your comments in: http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/8122.htm.
Do a separate comment for each of the three logging plans. It’s OK of the comments to be the same for all three plans.
Where it says “Subject or File Reference (PDF),” insert the name of the forest, compartment and tract, i.e.: “Clark, Compartment 3, Tract 6”

STEP 3:

If you have time, write a quick email to info@indianaforestalliance.org to let us know you did this! After the deadline, your comments will likely appear here on the DOF website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/3634.htm.

STEP 4:
ALSO, please contact Governor Eric Holcomb to ask him to halt this logging! Also contact your state senator and representative. Not sure who yours are? Find out here.
Thank you for using your voice. Together, we can resist the decimation of our state forests.

Resources:

Click here for past comments made by the Indiana Forest Alliance