The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has just published a five-year plan for how it will manage state forest land. The document is coming under fire from some Indiana residents, who say they weren’t even consulted as the DNR was making its plans. News Director Joe Crawford brings that story for today’s WFHB community report.
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Host Doug Storm is joined by Myke Luurtsema, the Hoosier Forest Watch Coordinator for the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA), and Ron Kerner, a mushroom expert who runs the website Indiana Mushrooms.
This is Part II of our discussion about commercial logging and forest health in the Indiana state forests. Part I was a conversation that took place on September 9th with the Director of the Division of Forestry, John Seifert.
The discussion centers on the assertion that the Forestry Division treats the forest as a kind of agricultural crop and chooses to implement methods that value the tree by its harvest value (silviculture). We also discuss the ways that clear cutting or “regenerative openings” disturb habitat and disrupt ecosystem health. One feature of this is the vital symbiotic role that healthy fungi play in the growth of forests. A final topic is the IFA’s campaign to create State Wild Areas in our state forests.
Where John Seifert makes claims for the benefit of introducing sunlight to enhance diversity (through “regenerative openings”)–”sunlight drives the system”–Luurtsema claims “sunlight drives the crop tree while mortality drives the ecosystem.”
Producer & Host: Doug Storm
Board Engineer: Carissa Barrett
Executive Producer: Alycin Bektesh
In today’s EcoReport feature, Jeff Stant from the Indiana Forest Alliance explains how over the last decade the state government has ramped up destructive industrial logging practices in your public forests.
EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.
Anchors: Trish Kerle, Sarah Hetrick
This week’s news stories were written by Joe Crawford and Linda Greene
This week’s calendar was compiled by Kristina Wiltsee
Our broadcast engineer is Dan Withered
Producers for EcoReport are Phil Kasper, Kelly Miller and Dan Young
Executive producer is Alycin Bektesh