The annual Martin State Forest Open House will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the forest headquarters.
Hosted by the DNR Division of Forestry, this open house will provide information about recreational activities, major projects, forest resource management, and State Forest planning. Attendees will also be able to speak directly with DNR personnel or submit written comments.
Megan Ritterskamp, invasive species specialist for the Soil and Water Conservation Districts for Dubois, Daviess and Martin counties, will be on hand to provide information about identifying and controlling invasive species. Indiana Conservation Officer Tony Mann will be present to answer questions regarding law enforcement issues.
At 4 p.m., a half-mile hike will be led by a property forester through an area that received a timber harvest in 2016. Best management practices and general forest management will be discussed during the hike.
"These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive first-hand information about how the State Forests are working to provide diverse wildlife habitats, 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."
The Martin State Forest entrance is located 4 miles east of Shoals on U.S. 50.
Media contact: Jim Lauck, Martin State Forest, 812-247-3491