Timber sale at 2 Indiana forests goes ahead despite protest

About 200 protesters chanted as state officials oversaw the sale of timber rights on 300 acres of two state forests in southern Indiana.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 3:29 PM

NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — About 200 protesters chanted as state officials oversaw the sale of timber rights on 300 acres of two state forests in southern Indiana.

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The rights to about 1,700 trees sold for nearly $109,000 Thursday morning at Yellowwood State Forest near Nashville. That’s less than the $150,000 that the Department of Natural Resources expected before environmental activists called on Gov. Eric Holcomb to stop the sale.

Indiana Forest Alliance director Jeff Stant says the state is losing a precious part of its old-growth woodland in Yellowwood and Morgan-Monroe state forests.

State officials say the logging is part of a well-researched forest management plan.

A DNR spokesman didn’t immediately respond to questions about when the logging would begin. Some protesters have set up an encampment on private property near the logging area.

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This story has been changed to correct that the protester encampment is on private land, not in the logging area.

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