Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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 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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