Indiana pays out 381K to counties for timber
Posted in the Liberty Forum
#1 Jan 26, 2013
IFA Project - Hoosier Forest Watch
The Hoosier Forest Watch (HFW) is a newly formed project of the Indiana Forest Alliance. The mission of HFW is to monitor timber sales on public lands in Indiana, starting with state forests and, once established, the Hoosier National Forest.
The primary tasks of HFW include:
- Monitoring and commenting on the Timber Management Plans put forth by the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry (DoF)
- Cataloguing timber sales on public lands,
- Coordinating trained volunteers to conduct field surveys of those sales both before and after they are cut..
- Reporting any violations of the DoF’s Best Management Practices or the Endangered Species Act, in particular violations of the guidelines to avoid take of the endangered Indiana Bat set forth by the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service Bloomington Field Office.
HFW will work to hold the DoF and its contractors accountable to state and federal laws, while simultaneously providing opportunities for the public to become more
familiar and engaged with its forests and the unique ecology of southern and central Indiana. HFW will host tree and plant identification walks, train volunteers to survey timber sales using a systematic method that will allow the data to be used in public comments and litigation, and educate the public on the relationship between humans and the environment.
The idea for HFW grew out of conversations between forest advocates who were frustrated by both the knowledge that logging on public lands has shot up five-fold in the past decade, and the unfamiliarity with the political, internal, and subjugated process that has allowed so much public forest to be logged. The conclusion that came from these conversations was that in order to protect the forests that we love, it is necessary to know what is happening to them.
The initial response from the public to the news of the formation of a forest watch program has been exceedingly positive. Seven people from as far away as Washington, Indiana, recently attended a basic forest watch workshop that covered everything from how to learn of timber sales in public forests, to how to find where the sales are, to what to look for in these sales. HFW will be a tangible way for
volunteers and community members across Indiana to plug in and contribute to the protection of their forests. The program will be modeled after other effective forest watch projects from across the United States, and organizers from many of those groups have agreed to offer their guidance and assistance in establishing a program here in Indiana.
#2 Jan 26, 2013
We should make a stand for Quakertown and Mounds now! If they can get by with this in other Counties, our County will be next! Plus, we citizens of this state own that land, they are sworn to protect!
#3 Jan 27, 2013
Tell the politicians to stop. I always was told, its illegal to gather firewood and even to take a walking stick home.
#4 Feb 1, 2013
Save flora, fauna, and animals.
Tell your politicians sto stop lumbering. Pass it on and thank you.
#5 Feb 3, 2013
People do not have compassion for the earth and all animals. Sad to say.
#6 Feb 3, 2013
No Tree's = No Oxygen = No People
#7 Feb 3, 2013
Think they will learn too late?
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