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Groups Oppose Logging in Central Indiana Forest

Logging in central Indiana back country draws objections from forest advocates.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Environmental groups upset by logging in a central Indiana state forest want state officials to allow nature to take its course in that and other state properties.

Nine hundred trees in the back country area of the Morgan-Monroe State Forest are being cut down by Martinsville's Hamilton Logging. The company purchased the trees for $51,556 in a July timber sale, along with another 287 pole trees.

That logging is expected to generate nearly 200,000 board feet of sawtimber.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry calls the practice timber management that generates revenue and is renewable.

But the Herald-Times reports the Indiana Forest Alliance, other environmentalists and outdoor enthusiasts believes state forests should contain large, continuous tracts of forest where nature can take its course.

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