Today’s state foresters are not allowing this natural cycle to occur, and their interruptive and fruitless efforts to grow currently popular intermediate hardwoods short-circuits this forest succession in the second stage.
It is my hope that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources might come to its senses. There is no scientific reason to increase logging by such a large amount — in fact just the opposite. That leaves only profit generation as an explanation for their actions.
One goal set forth in the new Strategic Plan is to utilize existing and create additional methods to solicit meaningful input from Hoosiers. The DOF, however, neglected to provide the public with a single opportunity to comment on the plan before it was finalized.