Welcome to Indiana
Society of American Foresters
Indiana SAF Policy Committee
The Indiana Forest Alliance has tried for many years to restrict active forest management on state forests. The most recent attempt was in the current (2017) legislative session with the introduction of SB 420 that "requires the Division of Forestry, before January 1, 2018, to designate at least one undivided area comprising at least 10 percent of each state forest as an old forest area".
The ISAF Executive Committee directed Bill Minter, Policy Chair, to submit a letter of opposition to the Senate Natural Resource Committee members. The letter can be read here (pdf). The committee chair agreed to provide a hearing, but with no vote. Scott Recklehoff, current ISAF chair, provided verbal testimony in opposition at the hearing.
Press Release: State forest management receives high marks 10 years straight
For 10 years in a row, Indiana's state forests have met or exceeded sustainability standards through two independent certification agencies.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources director Cam Clark today released the results of annual reviews from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) that support the methods in which Indiana state forests are being managed.
Both reports are available here.
The DNR Division of Forestry has met or exceeded both FSC and SFI certification standards since 2007.
"Without question, our 158,000 acres of state forests were judged 'well managed,' and this certification should be viewed similarly by all Hoosiers as a job well done," Clark said. "I commend the Division of Forestry for its hard work in meeting all the requirements of both forest management standards.
SFI establishes North American standards for sustainable forestry practices, and FSC does the same for international standards. SFI and FSC certification ensures wood products from state forests are grown in a sustainable and well-managed manner.
Three auditors representing SFI and FSC spent four days in fall 2016 reviewing office plans and supporting documents, and touring forest sites to evaluate forest management practices.
This year's review focused on Yellowwood, Morgan-Monroe, Owen-Putman and Greene-Sullivan state forests.
Forest management activities were scored for conformance to 10 standards and 192 indicators that include wildlife management, forest management prescriptions, archaeological site protection, endangered species protection and water quality.
The auditors wrote in the FSC report that the results of the 2016 review "unambiguously" warranted the continuance of Indiana DNR's certification.
"DNR personnel interviewed during the audit consistently demonstrated a high level of commitment to forest stewardship of the state lands under their management despite funding challenges and difficulties," the report said.
Media contact: Dan Ernst, assistant state forester, DNR Division of Forestry, 317.232.4101.
Indiana Forester Newsletter
Information Regarding Senate Bill 548
The Indiana Forest Alliance has tried for many years to restrict active forest management on state forests. It has come to ISAF's attention that they are currently petitioning the Indiana legislature to set aside 24% (in specific tracts) of Indiana's state forests as wilderness-like areas to honor "Indiana's heritage".
The bill that has been filed, Senate Bill 548, and is available here. The bill's author is Sen. Mark Stoops.
The ISAF Executive Committee is in the process of considering sending a letter to the Senate Natural Resources Committee which will consider hearing the bill. As citizens and professionals, I encourage you to contact your state senator and let your views be known on SB 548.
You may also contact Sen. Sue Glick, chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and express your views. Her office can be reached at 317.232.9493 to leave a message courteously expressing your view. Bill Minter, ISAF Policy Chair
Marketing Forestry with Trees of Indiana Bandanas and other Materials
Marketing forestry is something every ISAF member should embrace. To meet this goal, Indiana SAF has developed several tools. We have a brochure on careers in forestry which are available to members who might be asked to speak to highschool classes or other groups. We have also developed two displays. One displays caters to careers in forestry. The other display is a tailgate size model for landowners and speaks to why they would want to hire a professional forester. This display has an accompanying brochure.
The Trees of Indiana is the latest marketing effort of the Indiana SAF. The cost of these bandanas is $3.25 each. They are an excellent gift and many members have found they make a memorable "business card" to give to landowners when they make a contact. Please note that the website on all of these materials is now incorrect and you may want to point this out to people - since our website has changed from www.indianasaf.org to www.indianasaf.net. If you are interested in any of these items, please contact Lee Huss ().
Indiana SAF Fellows
Indiana SAF Fellows have a strong commitment through direct SAF volunteer activities as well as through exemplary action, sustained leadership, and advancement of the forestry profession in the application of forestry, education, public policy, research, and/or technology transfer. See previous Indiana SAF Fellows here.
Land Use Statistics of Interest
According to the Indiana DNR, 19% of the state is in forest. This is the third largest land use. Number one is corn and number two is soybeans at about equal proportions. Together they make up about 50% of the state's area. That leaves about 20% for urban, suburban and industrial uses. Trees are important to Indiana.
Sustainable Forestry Publication Series Available
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and Department of Forestry and Natural Resources has just released a new series of extension publications titled "A Landowners Guide to Sustainable Forestry in Indiana". The eight titles in the series cover a variety of topics interesting to forest landowners and their forest managers. The publications can be viewed online here. For ordering information, call 888.398.4636 or write Communications Media Distribution Center, 1187 Service Building, West Lafayette, IN, 47907-1187.
Directory of Professional Foresters
The Directory of Professional Foresters compiled by the Indiana Forest and Woodland Owners Association is available. Large orders can be sent to Dan Ernst () at the DNR Division of Forestry, 317.232.4105 or from Wendell Leedy (), at 317.881.1632. Single copies are available at local Soil and Water Offices or Division of Forestry offices.