The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is charged with maintaining diversity and protecting wild life. Unfortunately, their new plan will drastically change the character of Indiana’s forests. They will no longer be continuous and unbroken, and almost all of the trees larger than 16″ in diameter will be gone.

This will cause a dramatic loss of habitat, encourage erosion, degrade the ecosystem, and strip Indiana of an increasingly rare and precious asset — her undeveloped back country and what’s left of her old-growth forests.

At the heart of this debate is what exactly do we Hoosiers want to see happen in these forest lands managed by the DNR, and whether we are willing to see value beyond money in preserving a small portion of this land for the future. Or… are we simply going to stand by and watch this rare and unique resource be cut down, ground up and hauled away for a pittance of its true value?

If you think the DNR plan is bad policy, please contact your representatives and let them know!

And if you’re unsure of who your representatives are, CLICK HERE.

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