Protect old-growth forests the right way

Pat Boy

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has pledged to save a percentage of the state’s old-growth forests, but this must be done in the proper way to get the true benefit. At present, the strategic plan includes protecting 10 percent of state forests to allow them to become old-growth forest.

I toured the Morgan-Monroe State Forest with DNR and Purdue University forestry specialists. I have a basic understanding of management: clear-cuts, fire/burn areas, and selective cutting to promote the growth of oaks, hickories and other trees that support wildlife. I have a basic understanding of the difference between old and new forest areas. I support this plan when followed as intended.

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