Open house planned about state forests

People interested in how Indiana’s state forests operate can share their views at a series of open houses planned in the coming months.

The open house for Jackson-Washington State Forest and Starve Hollow State Recreation Area will be from 3 to 6 p.m. May 14 at the property office, located off State Road 250 about 2 miles southeast of Brownstown.

A forester-led tour of a recent timber harvest will begin at 4:30 p.m.

The Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, major projects, forest resource management and planning. Attendees can talk with DNR personnel or submit written comments.

For information, call 812-358-3464.

“These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive firsthand information about how state forests provide diverse wildlife habitat, forest products and recreational opportunities,” State Forester John Seifert said. “They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors and users about state forest management. I encourage everyone who has an interest to participate.”

Property staff members also are available during normal business hours. Visit dnr.IN.gov/forestry for contact information or to schedule a visit.

The Division of Forestry promotes and practices good stewardship of natural, recreational and cultural resources on Indiana’s public and private forest lands. This stewardship produces continuing benefits, both tangible and intangible, for present and future generations.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.