Public Comment on Logging

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 (DRMG). Citizens have the chance to make a public comment on these guides before the marking and bidding of timber can begin. By making a comment, you can help create a public record of dissent regarding the unprecedented amount of commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests.
THESE TWO LOGGING PLANS ARE OPEN FOR COMMENT THROUGH midnight, AUG. 6:
–> Jackson-Washington State Forest, Compartment 10, Tracts 8-9-38-39
These tracts are adjacent to the county-owned Delaney Park and the Spurgeon Hollow Lake. The Knobstone Trail runs along the eastern half of the southern tract boundary, and will be re-routed during the cut. Tracts 8 & 9 are in Back County Areas. Tracts 38 & 39 are in one of IFA’s proposed Wild Areas, Spurgeon Hollow Wild Area. Here, you can go a mile in any direction without reaching a public road. Click here for more points you can make about this particular plan, drawn from IFA’s comments on the plan.
–> Harrison-Crawford State Forest, Compartment 12, Tracts 1-2-3-4
The tracts are northeast of the town of Leavenworth in the Blue River watershed. Several small drainages run down to the Blue River that serve as breeding ground for Hellbender salamander, but the logging plan makes no mention of this. The plans use boiler plate language regarding the wildlife impacts of these planned timber harvests. So wildlife impacts have not been credibly analyzed. Also, all four of these tracts are in previously designated Old Forest Areas. Given the extreme scarcity of old growth forests within our state forests and the guideline in the DOF’s sustainable forestry certification to restore more of this severely under represented condition in the state forests, these logging plans should ensure that the habitat values and structural features of old forests, e.g., uneven ages, abundant snags, large trees, live cavity trees, large downed logs, abundant woody debris, diverse herbaceous communities, etc., will be maintained.  Click here for more points you can make about this particular plan, drawn from IFA’s comments on the plan.
** 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.

USE THIS DOCUMENT for ideas on points to make.

Click here for an example of IFA 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. IF THE FORM IS NOT VISIBLE, click on the “Form Not Displaying” link. The form should then pop up.
Do 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”

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 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 resist the decimation of our state forests.

Resources:

Click here for past comments made by the Indiana Forest Alliance