Lawmakers are again attempting to set aside a portion of state forests to be protected from timber harvests.
State officials say eight masked individuals were issued warnings for criminal trespassing at the site of a logging operation in Yellowwood State Forest.
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.
Senate Bill 420 would prevent the Division of Forestry from logging in ten percent of State Forests.
A new state-run program backed by nearly $1 million in federal funding will enlist southern Indiana landowners to plant 3,000 acres of new 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 public has until Saturday to weigh in on the strategic plan that will guide how the state’s forestlands are used over the next four years.
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.