Senate Bill 420

Indiana Forest Alliance, Hoosier Environmental Council, Dr. Paul Rothrock, Dr. Marion T. Jackson, Dr. Leslie Bishop, Dr. Rae Schnapp, Dr. Joan Maloof and Dr. Glené Mynhardt strongly support Senate Bill 420 (SB 420).

Senate Bill 420, also known as the “Old Forest Bill”, would set aside 10% of Indiana’s state forests from logging. Senator Eric Bassler (R-39), Senator Jon Ford (R-38), Senator Ron Grooms (R-46), and Senator Jim Smith (R-45) have authored and co-authored this bill respectively. The bill’s digest reads:

“Requires IDNR, before January 1, 2018, to designate at least one undivided area comprising at least 10% of each state forest as an old forest area. Provides that, wherever possible, the size of a designated old forest area must be at least 500 acres. Sets forth certain purposes to guide the department in designating the old forest areas. Prohibits the department from conducting or allowing timber management in the old forest areas. Requires the department to produce and keep on file maps and legal descriptions of the designated old forest areas. Provides that the designation of the old forest areas may not affect hunting, fishing, trapping, and other recreational uses of the state forests, the maintenance of access roads in the state forests, or rights of access through the state forests.”

Please ask your senator to support Senate Bill 420.

 

Resources: 

How Much Do Other States Set Aside from Logging? by Rae Schnapp, Ph.D.

SB 420: IFA’s Perspective vs. a Forest Manager’s Perspective by Jeff Stant & Wayne Werne

Paul Rothrock, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420

Marion T. Jackson, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420 

Joan Maloof, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420

Glené Mynhardt, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420

Leslie Bishop, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420

Rae Schnapp, Ph.D. supports Senate Bill 420

9 points in support of SB 420

5 Reasons to Support Senate Bill 420 by Rae Schnapp, Ph.D.