INDIANAPOLIS — More than 220 Indiana scientists want Gov. Eric Holcomb to do more toward protecting the state’s forests.

Retired Earlham College biology professor Leslie Bishop delivered a letter to Holcomb’s office Thursday making the request. The letter asking Holcomb to take a “more balanced” approach toward managing state-owned forests was signed by 228 scientists from 16 Indiana colleges.

The request comes as the Indiana Forest Alliance has opposed a planned Nov. 9 auction of timber rights on 300 acres in the Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe forests.

Bishop says the state is too quick to allow logging. She says that can negatively impact tourism in Brown County. She says fewer trees also leads to poorer air quality.

Holcomb’s office says the state has a well-researched and thoughtful forest management plan.