Some activists are concerned that a plan to log nearly 300 acres in a southern Indiana state forest will disrupt hiking trails and animal habitats.
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The Indiana Division of Forestry says logging is a way to manage the forest for overall health, but advocacy groups say the logging is detrimental.
County officials say they can't stop logging on private property unless it's in a residential area.
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.