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With over 1/5 of the state’s land base in forest, Indiana ranks third in the nation in hardwood lumber production. Addionally, forestry-based manufacturing provides roughly $3 billion to Indiana’s economy per year. Forestry is essential to our way of life, but when streams run through or near logging operations, special care should be taken to protect them.
Establishing riparian management zones (RMZs), installing stream crossings, and properly siting skid trails are just some of the techniques available to logging professionals. Technical resources for watershed managers working with active silviculture operations include: