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Friday, May 28, 2010

DNR seeks public input on statewide forestry strategy draft

Indiana DNR Release:

A draft of a proposed five-year statewide forest strategy that seeks to enhance the ability of Indiana public, private and urban forests’ ability to conserve soil and water resources has been released for public comment and review.

The document is available for download: Public review and comment will be accepted until June 11, at 6 p.m. Comments should be e-mailed to the DNR Division of Forestry at:

The following main proposed strategies were developed from extensive stakeholder coordination and involvement:

– Conserve, manage and protect existing forests, especially large forest patches
– Restore and connect forests, especially in riparian areas
– Expand Best Management Practices with special attention to invasive plant species
–Coordinate education, training, and technical assistance, especially develop strategic
partnerships with land use decision makers
–Maintain and expand markets for Indiana hardwoods, especially sustainably certified and
local use.

The document is the culmination of a year-long process that included an assessment of Indiana's forest resources, which is described in the website listed earlier.

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