Tribune Star of Terre Haute publishes article on legislation to set 10% of our state forests aside

 

Recently, an articled published in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star described legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers to mandate that the Division of Forestry set aside 10% of each state forest out of the commercial logging rotation.  In the fight for forest preservation, this move is monumental, and could result in significant deep interior forest tracts being protected.  It is no surprise when the article points out that over the past year, 14 million board feet have been timbered from public lands, a dramatic increase which creates a myriad of concerns for recreationists, hunters, backpackers, horse-back riders; not to mention to the plant and animal communities who are dependent upon the forest for their survival.   The announcement of this bill by Rep. Mike Braun of Jasper and Rep. Eric Bassler of Washington comes in response to the pressure both representatives have felt from their constituents.  Braun notes: “It {logging practices} was carving into the pristine wilderness that’s needed to enjoy those kinds of activities in the woods,” he said. 

 

Please contact your lawmakers and ask them to support legislation that will set aside wild areas! 

Indiana House of Representatives
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786
(317) 232-9600
(800) 382-9842

Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785
(317) 232-9400
(800) 382-9467

The full article is attached here:

http://www.tribstar.com/news/indiana_news/critics-urge-logging-limits-in-indiana/article_4d90bb07-0330-54d5-be9a-484421b1001b.html