Forest Action Plan
Protecting forest benefits and ecosystems now and into the future
The relationship between society and forests in Indiana is not static. Our Forest Action Plan presents a view of society’s changing relationship with forests. With an increased demand by a growing human population upon the various benefits forests provide, from timber to clean air and water to wildlife habitat, there are questions as to the sustainability of the forest resource in the state.
The Indiana Forest Action Plan is the result of consensus opinion from natural-resource professionals, landowners, conservationists, land stewards and forest stakeholders. It recognizes a nearly unanimous understanding of the most important issues that increasingly threaten the sustainability and ecological capacity of Indiana’s forests to provide the benefits of clean air, carbon sequestration, soil protection, wildlife habitat, wood products and other values, goods and services to all Hoosier citizens.
Best Management Practices
Indiana’s best management practices (BMPs) program is non-regulatory. The agencies responsible for BMPs policy development are the Indiana Department of Natural Resources- Divisions of Forestry and Water Quality and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.
Download the program survey results to view implementation rates and the full research findings.