Brown County residents hope to stop logging of 300 acres
As the date approaches for the start of logging of 300 acres in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area of Indiana, Brown County residents are hoping to stop it. The trees are set to be sold off next week in an area that covers Brown and parts of Monroe counties, and some of them are more than 150 years old. Even tourism officials have stepped up to plea with the state, saying disturbing pristine wilderness areas could drastically impact the number of people visiting each year. The outdoor recreation economy in Indiana generates 15-point-7 billion dollars in consumer spending each year. Anne Laker of the Indiana Forest Alliance says making a quick buck is not worth jeopardizing the beauty of the state. Laker says logging on state forests has increased four hundred percent since 2002. She says many of the state’s best hiking trails, and its only long-distance backpacking trails, run through the Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood state forests.
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