Groups like the Indiana Forest Alliance have advocated for years for a law requiring some of the state forests be preserved from logging.
Senate Bill 420 would prevent the Division of Forestry from logging in ten percent of State Forests.
The newly-revised plan does include plans to make forests more accessible to Hoosiers looking to pitch a tent or explore a cave.
Two bills didn’t make it out of committee last week.
Previous efforts to protect state forests from logging have gotten stuck in committee with little support from GOP legislators.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources hosted three public forums this week, but critics say there should be more opportunities and more time for feedback.
Monroe County received almost a third of the total revenue from logging in state forests in 2013.
Employers are reducing the hours of part time employees to avoid paying insurance and is logging good forest management or the destruction of a public asset?
Department of Natural Resources officials say carefully managed logging can improve the natural habitat, but critics say the department has economic motives.
A forest conservation group is opposing Indiana Division of Forestry's decision to sell logging rights in part of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest.