The Indiana Forest Alliance is proposing the establishment of thirteen State Wild Areas across seven Indiana state forests. This proposal is a strong first step towards restoring a balanced state forest management policy by protecting areas in our state forests which offer the most potential for interior forest habitat and wilderness-type public recreation. These State Wild Areas would be set aside from commercial logging and would allow Hoosiers to hike, hunt, mountain bike, ride horses, and camp in a wild forest setting. These areas would also provide critical deep forest habitat for many threatened and endangered species, including many species of bats, neotropical migratory songbirds, reptiles, and amphibians.
These State Wild Areas comprise approximately 36,820 acres in total which is 24% of Indiana’s state forest acreage. This proposal is a modest one. In a 2002 letter to the Indiana Forest Alliance former Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director John Goss stated that, at that time, the Division of Forestry (DOF) had set aside about 40% of state forests, some 60,000 acres, from logging through various designations.
Indiana Forest Alliance Position Statement on State Wild Areas
What can you do to help?
Contact Indiana’s Governor Eric Holcomb to express your support for the establishment of State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests. Tell Governor Holcomb:
- 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.
Phone: (317) 232-4567
Address: 200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204
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