Allison Cline, District Forester for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, serving Floyd, Clark, Jefferson and Scott Counties recently spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club weekly dinner meeting at the Quality InnPictured is Kiwanis President David Wilson, Allison Cline and Kiwanis member and Department of Natural Resources member Terry Davis.  Allison is a 2010 graduate of Purdue University.  Her primary responsibility is managing the Classified Forest and Wildland Program.  Property owners who wish to participate in the program may apply to have their land included in the Classified Forest and Wildland Program if it contains 10 or more contiguous acres.  The land is restricted from having any buildings or grazing.  Timber cutting and hunting are permitted consistent with the property owner’s management plan.  The property owner receives a reduction of property taxes when the land is included in the program, with the assessed value becoming $1.00 per acre.  The land is inspected once every five years to determine the health of the forest and the forester helps the property owner develop a plan to keep the forest healthy.  Timber harvesting is a management tool to improve the forest.  Other management tools include removing invasive species, both plant and insect, and planting trees.  The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Allie for her informative presentation, and for the work she does to improve the forests of Scott County and the neighboring counties.


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