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Indiana DNR Seeking Public Input On Forest Management Plans

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s opinion on how to manage Indiana’s state-owned forests.

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The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s opinion on how to manage Indiana’s state-owned forests.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s opinion on how to manage Indiana’s state-owned forests.

The DNR Division of Forestry is seeking public input on a five-year strategy for managing and maintaining forests statewide. The strategy is a follow-up to public comments made during earlier assessments of state-owned wooded areas. From the assessment, Division of Forestry Director John Seifert says the DNR was able to identify key areas of focus.

“It talks about conserving and managing, protecting forest, restoring and repairing habitat, using best management practices on a whole host of issues from invasive species to just good forest management, and a fifth one is maintaining and expanding the hardwood market sector,” Seifert said.

According to Seifert, thousands of Hoosiers responded to the assessment but he is not sure if the actual five-year plan will garner the same amount of interest.  However, Seifert said that, in the past, public comments have represented a wide range of groups and interests.

“Everything from individual landowners, to environmental groups, to industry folks, and other state government entities even all the way down to a local level,” Seifert said.

Seifert estimated that 99% of the material in the five-year strategy came from the public sector.  The public review period ends June 11.

Arianna Prothero

Arianna Prothero started at WFIU as a reporter in May of 2008. She is now the Interim Assistant Radio News Director and, along with her reporting duties, produces WFIU’s Noon Edition and anchors All Things Considered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Arianna holds her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Political Science with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies.

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