Plan calls for logging to help restore native trees

By The Associated Press

PERU — A plan by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to restore native hardwood trees at the Frances Slocum State Forest in northern Indiana includes logging.

The Kokomo Tribune reports plans for a 91-acre tract between the Mississinewa River and the forest’s access road were noted as part of a resource management guide completed by the DNR last year. The DNR now is moving forward with plans for the forest near Peru that includes 500 acres of woodlands.

The plan calls for logging to concentrate on removing stagnated and dying pine trees to create better growing conditions for healthy trees, including black walnut, cherry, oaks, hickory, poplar and maple.

A conservation group, however, worries that the logging could cause erosion and disrupt the area’s growing bald eagle population.

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