Public Comment on Logging

When the Indiana Division of Forestry (DoF) plans to log a state forest area, they publish a document called a Draft Resource Management Guide (DRMG). Citizens have an opportunity to make a public comment on these guides before the marking and bidding of timber can begin. By making a comment, you help create a public record of dissent regarding the unprecedented amount of commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests. Public comment on DRMGs are one of the few public input opportunities the DoF provides.

Logging Plans Open for Comment

POSTED April 5, 2019 / Comments DUE May 5, 2019
https://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/3635.htm?blm_aid=2423810
Note specifically: Harrison-Crawford State Forest: Compartment 31, Tract 1
Also consider commenting on these tracts:
  • Harrison-Crawford Compartment 4, Tract 6
  • Harrison-Crawford Compartment 4, Tract 7
  • Harrison-Crawford Compartment 5, Tract 4
  • Harrison-Crawford Compartment 14, Tract 9

When you comment on this plan, please send a copy of your comments to District Forester Abby Irwin to oppose the logging plan for Compartment 31, Tract 1 (and/or any other tract listed above) in Harrison-Crawford State Forest. Let her know why you care about our forests and hiking trails and cite the reasons why you want to protect it. Her email address is abirwin@dnr.in.gov.

How to Comment in Four Steps

  1. Prepare a statement in a Word or text 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. Consider these ideas for points you can make. And read an example of IFA comments.
  2. Visit the DoF’s website at  http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/8122.htm and copy and paste your comments into the online form.IF THE FORM IS NOT VISIBLE, click on the “Form Not Displaying” link. The form should then pop up.Note: write a separate comment for each logging plan.Where it says “Subject or File Reference (PDF),” insert the name of the forest, compartment and tract, i.e.: “Clark, Compartment 3, Tract 6”
  3. Send a message to info@indianaforestalliance.org to let us know you submitted a comment! After the deadline, your comments will likely appear here on the DoF website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/3634.htm.
  4. Contact Governor Eric Holcomb to ask him to halt this logging in areas that impact wildlife, waterway health, and hiking trails! Also contact your state senator and representative. Not sure who yours are. Find out here.
Thank you for using your voice. Together, we can stop the decimation of our state forests.

Resources
Read past comments made by the Indiana Forest Alliance.