People interested in how Indiana's State Forests are run can share their views at a series of open houses starting next month.
Seven open houses between March and September will cover nine state forests and two state recreation areas.
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 or, if they prefer, submit written comments. Some of the open houses will include a tour of facilities or woods walk.
"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," State Forester John Seifert said. "They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors."
Open houses scheduled are (all times eastern):
- Owen-Putnam State Forest, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the property office, five miles west of Spencer and three-quarters of a mile north of Indiana 46 at 2153 Fish Creek Rd. Phone: (812) 829-2462. A tree identification hike is set at 1:15 p.m. with a free tree seedling to visitors while supplies last.
- Greene-Sullivan State Forest, Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., in conjunction with Marsh Madness, at the Linton City Park's East Cabin.
- Martin State Forest, Saturday, March 10, 8-11:30 a.m., at the Martin County Ag Day at the Martin County Fairgrounds.
- Clark State Forest and Deam Lake State Recreation Area, Monday, April 16, 3:30-7 p.m.
- Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests, Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Yellowwood State Forest office, seven miles southwest of Nashville off Indiana 46.
- Jackson-Washington State Forest, Thursday, May 17, 4-7 p.m., at Starve Hollow State Recreation Area's nature center.
- Ferdinand and Pike state forests, Thursday, Sept. 27, 3-7 p.m., at the Ferdinand State Forest property office.
An open house will be conducted at Harrison-Crawford State Forest in September on a date yet to be determined.