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State Forest To Host Open Houses
Updated March 18, 2015 5:44 AM | Filed under: Natural Resources
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(UNDATED) - People interested in how Indiana's State Forests operate can share their views at a series of open houses starting this month.

At each event, the DNR Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, major projects, forest resource management and planning. Attendees can talk with DNR personnel or submit written comments. Some open houses will include a tour of facilities or a woods walk.

"These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive first-hand information about how state forests provide diverse wildlife habitat, 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."

Events and open houses are (all times are Eastern):

  • Martin State Forest: Saturday, March 21, 8-11:30 a.m., at Martin County Ag Day at Martin County Community Building at the fairgrounds in Loogootee, (812) 247-3491.
  • Greene-Sullivan State Forest: Thursday, April 9, 2-6 p.m., at the property office on State Road 159, approximately 1.5 miles south of Dugger, (812) 648-2810.
  • Yellowwood/Morgan-Monroe state forests: Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Yellowwood property office, 7 miles southwest of Nashville off State Road 46, (812) 988-7945.
  • Owen-Putnam State Forest: Wednesday, April 29, 3-7 p.m., at the property office, 5 miles west of Spencer and less than 1 mile north of State Road 46, (812) 829-2462.
  • Clark State Forest/Deam Lake State Recreation Area: Monday, May 11, 3-6 p.m. at Deam Lake Forest Education Center off State Road 60, approximately 5 miles east of Borden, (812) 246-5421. A hike will begin at 6 p.m.
  • Jackson-Washington State Forest/Starve Hollow State Recreation Area: Thursday, May 14, 3-6 p.m., at the Jackson-Washington property office off State Road 250, approximately 2 miles southeast of Brownstown, (812) 358-3464. A forester-led tour of a recent timber harvest will begin at 4:30 p.m.
  • Selmier State Forest will have a booth at the Jennings County Fair, July 6-11. The fair is on State Road 3, approximately 3.5 miles north of North Vernon. Call (812) 346-2286 to learn when the booth will be manned.
  • Harrison-Crawford State Forest: Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-7 p.m., at the property office off State Road 462, just past the gatehouse for O'Bannon Woods State Park, (812) 738-7694.

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