Wild Indiana Campaign

Tell Governor Eric Holcomb to establish State Wild Areas in Indiana’s state forests!  Call Governor Holcomb at 317-232-4567 or send him a message today!  The future of our state forests is at stake!

What is the Wild Indiana Campaign?

The Indiana Forest Alliance is proposing the establishment of thirteen State Wild Areas across seven state forests.  In our continued fight to stop unprecedented commercial logging in Indiana’s state forests, this proposal is a strong first step towards restoring a balanced state forest management policy, by protecting those areas in our state forests which offer the most potential for interior forest habitat and wilderness-type public recreation.

If established, these State Wild Areas would be set aside from commercial logging for 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.  All thirteen State Wild Areas comprise about 36,820 acres in total, or about 24% of all state forest acreage. We believe that this proposal is a modest one, since, in a 2002 letter to IFA, former DNR 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.

Where are these areas? 

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What can you do to help?

Call or write 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.

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.

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.

In addition to Governor Holcomb, it is important to contact your state legislators to ask them to support wild areas legislation in the next General Assembly!  You can find your legislator, as well as contact information, here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/.

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!

Additionally, you can always help out by donating to the Indiana Forest Alliance, allowing us to continue our important work fighting for Indiana’s State Forests.  Thank you!

 

IV.) Do you want even more information?

Want a more in-depth description of the importance of developing State Wild Areas?  Read IFA’s Position Statement on the issue!

Update 2/3/2015:  In January, Indiana DNR Director Cameron Clark wrote a letter to IFA explaining the agency’s opposition to designating any portion of Indiana’s state forests as State Wild Areas.  This letter contains many misleading statements regarding the levels of protection afforded to public forests in Indiana.  IFA responded to this letter, refuting many of Mr. Clark’s assertions.  You can read IFA’s response here.