People interested in how the Department of Natural Resources manages Indiana's state forests can share their views at upcoming open houses this month and next.
At each open house, the DNR Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, budget, staffing, major projects, strategic planning, invasive species and forest resource management.
Attendees can talk with DNR personnel or submit written comments. Some of the open houses will include a tour of facilities or a woods walk.
"These open houses provide Hoosiers a chance to receive first-hand information about how state forests are providing diverse wildlife habitat, forest products and recreational opportunities," said State Forester John Seifert. "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."
The open houses are as follows (all times are Eastern):
• Harrison-Crawford State Forest: Sept. 20, 1-7 p.m., at the property office at 7240 Old Forest Road SW, approximately six miles west of Corydon, (812) 738-7694. From State Road 62 turn south on S.R. 462 to the state forest entrance. Visitors will tour renovations in and around the state forest headquarters.
• Ferdinand State Forest: Sept. 27, 3-7 p.m. at the property office at 6583 E. State Road 264, Ferdinand. Visitors will tour renovations in and around the state forest headquarters.
• Pike State Forest: Oct. 4, 3-6 p.m. at the Pike shelterhouse at the end of State Road 364 just past the state forest campgrounds.
Those who cannot attend an open house can review and comment online. All tract management guides are posted at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/3635.htm
. Click on the link to "Indiana State Forests," then "Public Comment."
Property staffs are also available during normal business hours. Go to 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.