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Forest Action Plan

Protecting forest benefits and ecosystems now and into the future

Indiana’s forests are rich and diverse. They provide economic and environmental benefits that Hoosiers recognize and love. The stakeholder-driven Forest Action Plan most recently updated in 2020 is the result of dedicated work by the state’s forestry and conservation partners represented by the Indiana Forest Stewardship Advisory Council and coordinated by the Indiana Division of Forestry.

From the shores of Lake Michigan to the banks of the Ohio River, and from the eastern edges of the tall grass prairie to the western edges of Appalachia, Indiana’s forests are poised with promise for expansion and restoration, conservation, and connection. The Indiana Forest Action Plan provides five strategies that align with the National Priorities for all Forest Action Plans to help grow and sustain Indiana’s forests and urban canopy.

Best Management Practices

Indiana’s best management practices (BMPs) program is non-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’s Division of Forestry.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Indiana Forestry Publications

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