Sports and Outdoors

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

State Forest open-houses set; more to come

Indiana DNR Release:

People interested in how Indiana's State Forests are run can share their views at open houses to be held at Greene-Sullivan, Martin, Ferdinand, Jackson-Washington and Clark state forests during the next three months.

At each event, the DNR Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, budget, staffing, major projects, the current DNR Division of Forestry Strategic Plan, invasive species and forest resource management. Attendees can talk directly with DNR personnel.

"These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive first-hand information about how the State Forests 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."

Those who cannot attend an open house can review and comment online. All tract management guides are posted at Click on the link to "Indiana State Forests," then "Public Comment."

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

- Greene-Sullivan SF, Saturday, March 5, 7 a.m.–7 p.m., in conjunction with Marsh Madness, held at the Linton City Park’s East Cabin, (812) 648-2810.

- Martin SF, Saturday, March 26, 8 a.m.-noon, at Martin County Ag Day held at the Martin County Community Building at the fairgrounds, (812) 247-3491.

- Ferdinand SF, Saturday, April 30, 1-4 p.m., at the Sycamore Shelter, on Indiana 264, approximately 4 miles northeast of Ferdinand, (812) 367-1524.

- Jackson-Washington SF, Thursday, May 12, 3-6 p.m., at the property office, 2.5 miles southeast of Brownstown on Indiana 250, (812) 358-2160. Staff from Starve Hollow State Recreation Area will also be present.

- Clark SF, Saturday, May 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Office is 1 mile north of Henryville on Indiana 31, (812) 294-4306. Staff from Deam Lake State Recreation Area will also be present.

Dates for open houses at Yellowwood, Owen-Putnam and Harrison-Crawford have yet to be determined. Property staffs are also available during normal business hours. Go to ( for contact information or to schedule a visit.

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.

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