Buffalo Springs Restoration Project

Logging and Burning in Hoosier National Forest

TAKE ACTION: Buffalo Springs Public comment period OPEN!

Submit a public comment to the U.S. Forest Service by the December 19, 2022 deadline opposing the Buffalo Springs project!

By email:

Send all comments to comments-eastern-hoosier@usda.gov.

By mail:

Hoosier National Forest All Units
811 Constitution Avenue, Bedford, IN, 47421

By Phone:

Tell City: (812) 547-9232

Bedford: (812) 276-4746

IFA’s Concerns

The US Forest Service has proposed what would be the largest and most destructive project in the history of the Hoosier National Forest, calling it the Buffalo Springs Restoration (sic) Project.  

With at least 5,124 acres of the Hoosier National Forest being slated for harvest, nearly 15,100 acres identified for possible prescribed burn, 771 acres of chemical treatment with herbicides/pesticides and in addition, the creation or re-creation of 19 more miles of road in the Hoosier, the potential impact on the health and well-being of those living in or near the Forest is alarming.  A dependence on Municipal water from Patoka Reservoir for many residents in the area has led to a great fear of runoff into the Patoka watershed.

SAVE HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST concerned citizens group

As a result of this proposed work, a group of more than 1,000 people have joined the newly-created Facebook group, Save Hoosier National Forest, to voice their opinions and learn more about the proposed project. 


Young’s Creek Flyover           Proposed Clear-Cut Area in Buffalo Springs           Flyover West of Valeene

Get involved! Take action!

Indiana’s forests need you! Be part of an active, engaged network of forest advocates from all over Indiana. What can you do? Join IFA! Volunteer! Or write to or call officials on behalf of Indiana’s forests.

Contact IFA’s outreach team for more information.