Tell Governor Eric Holcomb to establish State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests! Call Governor Holcomb at 317-232-4567 or email him today. The future of our state forests is at stake!
Do you love the physical challenge of a steep climb on the Knobstone Trail, but often find large sections of the trail closed due to an active timber harvest?
Are you rejuvenated by a weekend of quiet solitude found in a state forest Back Country Area, but are concerned about the invasion of commercial logging into these areas?
Do you worry about the effects of habitat loss on endangered species such as the Indiana bat?
Want do something about it?
The Indiana Forest Alliance stands ready to protect public forests in Indiana, and we are relying on you to do so. Here is a short list of actions you can take to help us achieve our goals in the new year.
1. Join IFA. IFA relies on contributions from our membership to continue our mission of protecting public forests in Indiana. By becoming a member of the Indiana Forest Alliance, you will be a part of a statewide network of forest advocates who understand the importance of our public forests.
2. Learn about the case for protecting 10% of Indiana’s forested public land from logging, and get talking points with your legislators. IFA Executive Director Jeff Stant outlines it all in this letter.
3. Call or write Governor Eric Holcomb to express your support for the the establishment of State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests. The 13 proposed State Wild Areas make up less than 24% of all state forest acreage, but offer the best opportunity for large tracts of deep forest habitat and dispersed, wilderness-type recreation. Governor Holcomb can be reached by phone at 317-232-4567; by mail at 200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204; or by e-mail by following this link.
4. Contact your state senator and representative, and tell them to support legislation that would set aside areas of Indiana’s state forests from commercial logging for the benefit of public recreation in wild forest, as well as the type of interior forest habitat required by many threatened and endangered species. Find your state legislator here! Contact information for the state legislature is below:
Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
Tell your legislator:
- unprecedented commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests is destroying the beauty of Indiana’s native hardwood forests;
- some areas of our state forests should be set aside for all Hoosiers to hike, hunt, camp, bird-watch, ride horses, and mountain bike;
- help protect Indiana’s rich natural heritage for future generations by supporting legislation that would establish State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests.
To see a sample letter, click here. You can view our full Action Alert here, and fact sheet about the bills here. Thank you for doing your part to protect Indiana’s last wild forests!
4. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, in support of protecting your state forests: for habitat diversity, for wildlife, for recreation, and to allow the preservation of wild nature for future generations!
5. Want do even more? Consider volunteering.