Protesters offer $150K to preserve Yellowwood, DNR sells to logging company for less

By Sarah Bowman and Emily Hopkins
Indianapolis Star
November 9, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

With about 200 protesters looking on, timber buyers submitted their bids Thursday to the Department of Natural Resources for their chance to log parts of the Yellowwood Back Country Area. The bids started as low as $70,160 while the winning bid, entered by Sullivan County-based Hamilton Logging, Inc., came in at $108,785. But there was one intriguing — and more lucrative — offer that wasn’t considered. That offer was delivered by Daniel Antes, founder of Distinctive Hardwood Floors in Brown County. According to a letter read by Antes, hardwood executive Bobby R. Bartlet was willing to pay the DNR $150,000 — not to cut down the trees, but to preserve them for 100 years. “We want to preserve this public legacy,” Antes told IndyStar after the sale.

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