This past week, public land owners in the Hoosier state applauded the addition of two new state forests. Mountain Tea State Forest and Ravinia State Forest were added as the newest properties managed by the Division of Forestry, bringing the total to 15. The Division of Forestry currently manages over 158,000 acres.
“This is the first time in 67 years that we have created new state forests,” said Indiana DNR Director Dan Bortner. “As with all our properties, we know Hoosiers and our guests will be able find solace and inspiration in these woods for generations to come.”
Mountain Tea State Forest is a 1,100-acre area located in Brown County, just a few miles outside Nashville. A majority of the property was previously owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy. Ravinia State Forest, located in Morgan County, is roughly 1,500 acres. The new state forests offer additional access opportunities for foraging, hiking, hunting, and wildlife viewing.
This past year has shed a light on the importance and value of our public lands. During the recent pandemic, Governor Holcomb and the Indiana DNR have continued to keep our public lands open and accessible for all. “There’s no better way for Hoosiers to get out and get some fresh Indiana air than by exploring our state’s parks, recreation areas, fish and wildlife areas, and our state forests,” said Governor Holcomb. As Hoosiers, we all share the benefits that our public lands provide – camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, physical and mental health, and wildlife watching.
Remember, this is your land, get out and explore it!