Save the trees 

Take action if you care about preserving Indiana’s state forests

click to enlarge A trail in the Hoosier National Forest. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • A trail in the Hoosier National Forest.
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From Elkhart to Evansville, Rockville to Richmond, this is something you all should know about — and take action if you care about preserving Indiana’s state forests.

In 2002, 40 percent of Indiana state forests were protected from logging. Now, less than 5 percent are protected. That’s right: commercial logging in state forests has increased by 1,000 percent in less than 15 years!

Indiana Forest Alliance is proposing 13 Wild Areas in seven of Indiana’s state forests to be protected from logging — preserving 23 percent of our native wildlife habitat, scenic views, wilderness recreation, hunting grounds, and air cleaning trees.

Tell Governor Pence to Log Less in State Forests & Protect Wild Areas.

Learn more about what’s happening in our state forests by watching this six-minute video of eight Hoosiers who have witnessed the excessive logging and what it is doing to the land and its inhabitants, including many endangered species. Then share the video and petition far and wide. Comments that really spoke to me were:

“Economics cannot be the main reason for everything we do.”

“This is short term gain and long term loss.”

“We have to be stewards of the land and not just owners of the land. There’s a big, big difference.”

Piece out,

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Renee Sweany

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Renee has spent the past several years surrounding herself with like-minded people who share her passion for caring for the planet. She began writing “Ask Renee” after four years of offering green tips through her e-newsletter Green Piece Indy. E-mail her your green living queries at

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