Open house set at Jackson-Washington State Forest

The public is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Jackson-Washington State Forest, 1278 E. State Road 250, Brownstown.

During the event, division personnel will display information on forest, recreation and facility management. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and comment. Written comments may be submitted at

A guided hike starting at 5 p.m. will be offered during the open house. Those participating in the hike should meet at the office.

“These open house events 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,” State Forester John Seifert said. “They also allow us to receive valuable feedback from our neighbors and users about state forest management.”

Jackson-Washington encompasses nearly 18,000 acres in Jackson and Washington counties. This part of the state contains unique topography known as the knobs. This region provides scenic views second to none and offers some breathtaking hiking opportunities.

The majority of the land that now makes up Jackson-Washington was purchased by the state of Indiana in the 1930s and 1950s. The Heritage Trust program, which uses funds from the sale of the environmental license, Division of Forestry funds generated from portions of timber sales and assistance from other conservation partners, has made possible the acquisition of additional state forest lands.

For information, call 812-358-2160.