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State forest management receives high marks 10 years straight
Start Date: 3/10/2017
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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 at dnr.IN.gov/forestry/7532.htm.

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.
Contact Information:
Name: Dan Ernst
Phone: (317) 232-4101
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