The Indiana Forest Alliance has tried for many years to restrict active forest management on state forests. It has come to ISAF’s attention that they are currently petitioning the Indiana legislature to set aside 24% (in specific tracts) of Indiana’s state forests as wilderness-like areas to honor “Indiana’s heritage”.
The bill that has been filed, Senate Bill 548, and is available here. The bill’s author is Sen. Mark Stoops.
The ISAF Executive Committee is in the process of considering sending a letter to the Senate Natural Resources Committee which will consider hearing the bill. As citizens and professionals, I encourage you to contact your state senator and let your views be known on SB 548.
You may also contact Sen. Sue Glick, chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and express your views. Her office can be reached at 317.232.9493 to leave a message courteously expressing your view. Bill Minter, ISAF Policy Chair