Open houses set at state forest properties

People interested in how Indiana’s state forests operate can share their views at a series of open houses starting this month.

The open house at Jackson-Washington State Forest/Starve Hollow State Recreation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. May 16 at the Starve Hollow forest education center.

The center is off State Road 135, approximately 2 miles southeast of Vallonia, and the number is 812-358-3464.

A forester-led hike of the property will begin at 4 p.m.

At each event, the Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry will provide information about recreational activities, major projects, forest resource management and planning.

Attendees can talk directly with DNR personnel or submit written comments.

Officials with Selmier State Forest will have a booth set up from July 3 to 8 at the Jennings County Fair.

“These open houses provide Hoosiers with a chance to receive firsthand information about how state forests provide diverse wildlife habitat, forest products and recreational opportunities,” state forester John Seifert said. “They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors and users about state forest management. I encourage everyone who has an interest to participate.”

Property staff members also are available during normal business hours. Visit for contact information.

The Division of Forestry promotes and practices stewardship of natural, recreational and cultural resources on public and private forest lands to produce continuing benefits, both tangible and intangible, for present and future generations.