Forest Watch Workshop
In January, representatives of the Knob and Valley Audubon and the Indiana Forest Alliance met to conduct a site visit to the re-routes of the Knobstone Trail and the current logging operations in Clark State Forest near the Deam Lake State Recreation Area. What we discovered was extensive logging and soil disturbance very near the Deam Lake shoreline, violations of Best Management Practices (BMPs) including discarded treetops in streambeds and overturned mechanical fluid containers. Additionally, we encountered several other groups of hikers who had unknowingly wandered into an active logging site due to inadequate onsite warning signage.
Due to the increased amount of logging on state forest properties, the impacts of logging on recreation and habitat, and the lack of public awareness about timber sales and the public comment process; Knob and Valley Audubon will host the Indiana Forest Alliances’s Hoosier Forest Watch for a free public information Southern Indiana State Forest Watch Workshop at 1 pm on March 30th at the Jeffersonville Township Public Library’s main meeting room. The workshop will consist of a presentation on current and proposed timber sales, how the public can engage in the process when a timber sale is occurring, and the politicians and government officials who are responsible for oversight of the State Forest logging program. Additionally, we will carpool to a site in Clark State Forest that is proposed for a timber sale in 2014 to learn how to identify and locate proposed timber sale sites and what the public should document before and following timber harvest operations.
Please join Knob and Valley Audubon, the Indiana Forest Alliance, Eco Advocates Consulting and other concerned citizens for this critical workshop in order to be fully equipped with all the information necessary to express your concerns that recreation and habitat are equally important to resource extraction on our state forest properties.