The DNR recently sold the rights to a company to log about 1,700 trees in the forest near Nashville.
The Indiana Tourism Association is asking Gov. Eric Holcomb to halt a planned timber harvest in two state forests, joining hundreds protesting the plan.
The lawsuit alleged the company engaged in damaging logging practices and breached its contract.
A group of activists is asking Governor Eric Holcomb to stop future logging in the back country area of Yellowwood State Forest.
The group isn't against logging altogether, but wants old-growth areas of the forest preserved.
Tourism officials in Brown and Monroe Counties say timber harvests in the back country area of Yellowwood State Forest could have a negative impact on tourism.
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.
Residents fought the projects for decades because of environmental concerns.
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.
Department of Natural Resources officials say carefully managed logging can improve the natural habitat, but critics say the department has economic motives.