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Environmentalists Opposing Logging Plans

Last updated on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Indiana officials are proposing additional logging in two state forests near Bloomington that could result in the cutting down of some 1,500 trees.

Environmentalists oppose the logging plan for the 2,700-acre back country areas of the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood state forests.

The state designated the back country areas in 1981 to protect those forests from development. Hoosier Forest Watch spokesman Myke Luurtsema tells The Herald-Times that those areas should be kept unique in un-logged condition.

The Department of Natural Resources' public comment period on the proposal ends Wednesday.

Luurtsema objects to some trees already have been marked with blue paint for cutting

But DNR spokesman Phil Bloom says the marking is done so that logging work can start quickly if permission is granted.

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