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Is there open house at State Forest?anybody seen or heard if so when and where

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Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St. W255-B
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For immediate release: January 4, 2006

State forests announce open house dates for 2006

In the interest of hearing Hoosiers' input on the operation, funding and
staffing of Indiana's state forests, the DNR has announced dates for open houses
at each state forest property.

Meetings at each property will include displays about recreational activities,
budget issues, staffing, major projects, the 2005-2007 Division of Forestry
Strategic Plan, invasive species control and forest resource management.
Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with DNR personnel or, if they
prefer, submit written comments concerning forest and recreation management
policies and programs. Light refreshments will be served.

"These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive firsthand
information about how the state forests are working to provide diverse wildlife
habitat, forest products and recreational opportunities," said DNR director Kyle
Hupfer. "They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors and
users about state forest management issues. I would encourage everyone who has
an interest in the state forests to participate in this year's open houses."

State forest open house dates and locations are:

* Tuesday, January 24: Morgan-Monroe State Forest, 3-7 p.m. (EST) -at the
property office, 5 miles south of Martinsville on State Road 37, then about 7
miles east on Old State Road 37 and Forest Road. Phone 812-988-7945.

* Thursday, February 2: Ferdinand/Pike state forests, 3-7 p.m. (EST) -at the
property office, approximately one hour east of Evansville or 20 minutes south
of Jasper on State Road 264, 4 miles northeast of Ferdinand. Phone812-367-1524.

* Thursday, February 16: Martin State Forest, 4-6 p.m. (EST) -20 miles southwest
of Bedford, or 4 miles east of Shoals on U.S. Highway 50. Phone 812-247-3491.

* Saturday, April 8: Greene-Sullivan State Forest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (EST) - at the
property office, 1.5 miles south of Dugger on State Road 159. Phone

* Tuesday, April 18: Selmier State Forest, 4-6 p.m. (EST) - at the property
office, about 4 miles northeast of North Vernon at 905 East County Road 350 N.
Phone 812-346-2286

* Thursday, April 20: Jackson-Washington State Forest (includes Starve Hollow
Beach SRA), 3-7 p.m. (EST) - at the property office, 2.5 miles southeast of
Brownstown on State Road 250. Phone: 812-358-2160.

* Saturday, April 22: Harrison-Crawford State Forest, noon-3 p.m. (EDT) -- at
the Hay Press Interpretive Center at O'Bannon Woods State Park nature center,
located 11 miles west of Corydon (8 miles west on State Road 62, then south on
State Road 462 to O'Bannon Woods entrance; follow signs to nature center). Phone

* Tuesday, April 25: Owen-Putnam State Forest, 3-7 p.m. (EST) - at the property
office, 6 miles west of Spencer on State Road 46 (5 miles west of Spencer on SR
46, then one mile north on Fish Creek Road). Phone 812-829-2462.

* Saturday, April 29: Clark State Forest (includes Deam Lake SRA), 11 a.m.-3
p.m. (EDT) - at the property office, 7 miles south of Scottsburg or one mile
north of Henryville on State Road 31. Phone 812-294-4306.

For more information or detailed directions, please call the state forest
office at the number listed above.

The DNR Division of Forestry promotes and practices good stewardship of
natural, recreational and cultural resources on Indiana's public and private
forest lands. This stewardship produces continuing benefits, both tangible and
intangible, for present and future generations.


Reporters contact: Tom Lyons, assistant state forester, 317-232-4105
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