Indiana DNR Open Houses in March and April

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Interested Hoosiers can share their views on the operation, funding and staffing of Indiana's state forests during the DNR Division of Forestry's series of open houses in March and April.

Meetings at each property will include displays about recreational activities, budget issues, staffing, major projects, the 2008-2013 Division of Forestry Strategic Plan, invasive species control and forest resource management. Attendees can talk directly with DNR personnel or, if they prefer, submit written comments concerning forest and recreation management policies and programs. Light refreshments will be served.

"These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive first-hand information about how the state forests are working to provide 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 issues. I encourage everyone who has an interest in the state forests to participate in this year's open houses."

Hoosiers who cannot attend an open house can review and comment on management plans online. The Division of Forestry posts all tract management guides for public inspection and comment at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/. Click on the link to "State Forest Management Guides" to see the current list of guides available.

The open houses will be held at seven properties. Times listed are Eastern Time.

  • - Owen-Putnam State Forest, Tuesday, March 17, 3-7 p.m. Office is 6 miles west of Spencer on Indiana 46 (5 miles west of Spencer on Indiana 46, then north on Fish Creek Road for 1 mile), (812) 829-2462. Staff from Greene-Sullivan State Forest also will be present.
  • - Martin State Forest, Tuesday, April 7, 3-7 p.m. Office is on U.S. 50, approximately 5 miles east of Shoals, (812) 247-3491.
  • - Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Thursday, April 9, 3-7 p.m. The office is 5 miles south of Martinsville on Indiana 37, then 8 miles east on the forest road, (765) 342-4026. Staff from Yellowwood State Forest also will be present. Visitors can tour the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment located on the state forest.
  • - Harrison-Crawford State Forest, Wednesday, April 15, 3-7 p.m. Office is 7 miles west of Corydon on Indiana 62, left on Indiana 462 for 3 miles to entrance gate of O'Bannon Woods State Park. Proceed past gate, make first left turn on paved road to the white building on left, (812) 738-7694.
  • - Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The office is located on County Road 275 W, east of Indiana 135, approximately 6 miles south of Brownstown, (812) 358-3464. Staffs from Jackson-Washington State Forest and Selmier State Forest also will be present.
  • - Ferdinand State Forest, Wednesday, April 22, 3-7 p.m. The office is on Indiana 264, approximately 4 miles northeast of Ferdinand, (812) 367-1524.
  • - Clark State Forest, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The office is 1 mile north of Henryville on Indiana 31, (812) 294-4306. Staff from Deam Lake State Recreation Area also will be present.

For more information or detailed directions, please call the state forest office at the number listed for the property desired.

The DNR 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.