Salamonie River and Frances Slocum State Forests

Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid.

Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid living in the shadows of proposed logging.

Citizens from northern Indiana traveled to Indianapolis in April to deliver 871 signatures to the Indiana Natural Resources Commission (INRC) and Governor Holcomb’s office requesting that Salamonie River and Frances Slocum State Forests be managed as State Parks.

In doing so, citizens sought to protect these forests from planned logging. Citizens requested a hearing to allow testimony from those submitting the petition, other interested citizens, and experts. Citizens also asked that any upcoming timber sales be put on hold while INRC officials considered the petition.

The INRC met July 16 and denied the petition by a unanimous vote, thus allowing logging to proceed. However, many others have begun weighing in, including mayors of many communities surrounding the two state forests. They have asked Governor Holcomb to:

  • Postpone the timber harvest,
  • Complete an economic analysis of the benefits of state parks, and
  • Complete an ecological assessment of Salamonie River and Frances Slocum State Forests.

You can do the same: contact governor Holcomb and make these requests. Also share your own story about why you value these forests.

Call 317-232-4567 or write  www.in.gov/gov/2752.htmto let him know you want two new Indiana State Parks. Ask that he intercede and postpone all timber sales in Salamonie River and Frances Slocum State Forests.

Supporting Documents

Media Coverage About Logging in Salamonie River and Frances Slocum State Forests

Indiana panel rejects groups’ push to conserve 2 forests | 7/24/19 | WNDU 16 (AP)