In November 2017, the State of Indiana sold off 299 acres of our public forests in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area (BCA). This forest is at the center of Indiana Forest Alliance’s multi-year survey of flora & fauna known as the Ecoblitz. This forest is home to many threatened, rare, and endangered species. This forest is used by campers, hikers, backpackers, and hunters. This forest is part of our natural heritage, contains at least 50 trees more than 100 years old, and deserved to be protected.
One legislator visited in April 2018 to see the devastating outcome of the cut.
When the Division of Forestry sold off the forest to commercial logging companies, 225 people showed up to protest.
[View a 15-minute documentary film called “Saving Yellowwood” made by John & Hannah Boggs: https://vimeo.com/250051417].
The state’s largest newspaper endorsed pausing this logging plan. View the Indianapolis Star editorial here.
240 scientists from universities across Indiana signed a letter encouraging Governor Holcomb to set aside portions of our state forests from logging! And the Governor received 5,070 comments in opposition to the logging before it happened.
Resources (click to view):
Speaking for the trees: Article in Brown County Democrat, 11/14/17
“Dear Division of Forestry…” [blog post rebutting Division of Forestry’s claims]
View the Yellowwood State Forest Backcountry Area (Flickr)
Timber Sale Notice- Yellowwood State Forest Back Country Area
1981 DNR Press Release Establishing the Morgan-Monroe/ Yellowwood State Forest Backcountry Area
Indiana State Forester John Siefert Responds to Public Outcry, IFA Responds
IFA Rebuttal to Division of Forestry’s Response to Public Comments
Save Yellowwood Flyer (PDF) – To Print and Circulate
Logging in Yellowwood Backcountry Area Map
A Matter of Heritage: A Forest with Civil War-Era Trees Should Not Be Logged
Defending Your Right to Wilderness Recreation: 5 More Actions You Can Take
Citizens to Gov. Holcomb: “Value of our state forests cannot be measured in board feet & dollars”
Tell the Governor Now: It’s Wrong to Log this Brown County Forest, and Here’s Why