A Department of Natural Resources plan to allow the logging of about 1,100 trees in largely undeveloped area of a central Indiana state forest is meeting some resistance form environmentalists. The group Hoosier Forest Watch maintains that the logging work would damage the 1,500-acre back-country section of Morgan-Monroe State Forest near Bloomington. DNR officials are scheduled to sell the rights to the timber during an auction Thursday.
Hoosier Forest Watch says that logging will hurt the ecosystem that includes several federally endangered animals.
The DNR's Division of Forestry, said surveys found the area in question has no species that require that specific habitat.
Logging in Indiana's state forests has increased from 1.4 million board-feet in 2002, to more than 14 million board-feet in both 2011 and 2012. The Indiana Division of Forestry gives 15 percent of revenue from its timber sales back to the counties where the trees are harvested.
Indiana counties received almost $400,000 last year and half of that went to fire control.