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Forest Conservation Group Opposing Logging Rights Sale

Last updated on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - An auction by the Indiana Division of Forestry Thursday to sell logging rights in part of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest has sparked an outcry from a forest conservation group.

WFIU reports, members of the Indiana Forest Alliance say foresters are not listening to the concerns they expressed during a public comment period on commercial logging in the Back Country Area of Morgan-Monroe State Forest.

The Division of Forestry held a 30-day comment period in May. And now plan to go through with the sale of timber.

Mike Luurtsema coordinator of Hoosier Forest Watch - an Indiana Forest Alliance project says the proposed sale is ten times larger than the first logging that took place ten years ago and is endangering wildlife in the forest.

DNR State Forester John Seifert says the sale poses no threat to the environment and should not be an issue because the public has known about the sale for more than a year.

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