228 Hoosier scientists to Holcomb: Stop the logging of Yellowwood

Emily Hopkins and Sarah Bowman
Indianapolis Star
November 7, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

More than 200 scientists from across Indiana are urging Gov. Eric Holcomb to stop a scheduled timber sale in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area, which is among the only remaining wild areas in the entire state. The sale, scheduled for Thursday, would be the first time this particular section of the forest has been logged since the area was designated as “back country” in 1981. The area is meant to offer visitors a forest experience “much the same as it may have appeared a century and a half ago,” according to a DNR article from that same year. David Leblanc, a professor of biology at Ball State University who specializes in forest ecology, was among the 228 scientists who signed the letter, which was delivered to Gov. Holcomb’s office last week.

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