Drew Laird

December 30, 2007

Gov. Mitch Daniels has succeeded in his plan to increase logging across the Indiana State Forest system. The logging level has increased 500 percent since he took office three years ago, and by 2009, the income from timber sales will have increased 1,000 percent in the Morgan-Monroe State Forest alone.

To fulfill the 500 percent increase mandated by the governor, forest supervisors are now planning to log the Morgan-Monroe/Yellowwood State Forest Backcountry Area. This area was created in the 1980s to provide a backcountry wilderness experience for Indiana citizens.

The Morgan-Monroe property manager has stated that the backcountry area needs to be logged to comply with the timber volume mandated by the Department of Natural Resource's (DNR) 2005 strategic plan.

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