Division going too far with logging

Letter by Tom Hougham
Daily Journal
November 11, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

The Division of Forestry is going too far. As a fifth generation Johnson County resident, I am disturbed by the rate of logging. This is especially true for some of the more unique nearly old growth forests like are found in the Yellowwood State Forest Backcountry. Scientists from the Indiana Academy of Sciences have found that this forest, due to less logging over the past few decades, has species that have been found nowhere else in Indiana. The Division of Forestry is going to change this by logging in the most pristine areas of the state forests. While the division of forestry is mandated to log in state forests, legislation also calls for protection of wildlife habitat, watershed resources and recreational activities.

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