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Summary of State and Local Forestry Regulation in Indiana Affecting Timber Harvesting & other useful information.

(Note: This listing may not include all existing regulations affecting forestry operations)



Classified Forest Act (IC 6-1.1-6) - Requires landowners to follow an approved management plan. Owner must sustain the watershed protection, timber production benefits of forest land, and wildlife habitat. Failure to comply can force removal from the program and tax penalties. This law is administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.

Legally Harvested Timber in Indiana

Reference Material Provided by: DNR Indiana Department of Natural Resources


Indiana Forest Facts


•Indiana has 4.6 million acres of forests. This area is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

•Each year, Indiana's forests grow over 50% faster than what is harvested.

•Between 1986 and 2005, the net volume of growing stock on Indiana timberland grew from 5.2 billion cubic feet to 8.6 billion cubic feet.

•The annual growth on Indiana's forest is equivalent to a band of wood 12 inches high and 12 inches wide encircling the earth 1.1 times at the equator.

•Over 85% of Indiana's forests are privately owned.

•70% of the wildlife found in this region require habitat found in young, developing forests, aided by periodic harvesting.

•Indiana' s state-owned forests are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).

•600,000 acres of private forests are enrolled in Indiana's Classified Forest program.

•The most common species grown in Indiana are Oak, Hickory, Ash, Maple, Tulip Poplar, Walnut and Cherry.

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County Regulations

Several counties have local ordinances requiring either logging permits or posting of road bonds.

At least the following counties have some regulations:

  • Crawford County (road hauling)
  • Greene County (road hauling)
  • Franklin County (selective cutting only in Whitewater River Scenic District)
  • Martin County (road hauling)
  • Monroe County (Logging permit and road bond)
  • Owen County (road hauling)
  • Perry County (road hauling)


Some of these may be above the normal spring hauling restrictions found in nearly all counties.

These regulations are administered by county government offices (e.g. plan commissions, highway departments).