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Bill would restrict management of old growth forests

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— A bill designed to protect older areas of state forests set off passionate debate between those who say forests need to be managed and those who argue they need to be left alone. The Senate Committee on Natural Resources on Monday heard Senate Bill 420, which requires the Department of […]

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Rotunda lights up during annual tree lighting ceremony at Statehouse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 300 students filled the Statehouse Friday to help with the annual tree lighting ceremony with Gov. Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence. “The experiences and memories we create year after year during this annual holiday tradition are ones which the governor and I have come to cherish,” […]

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Wet weather causing extra challenges for orchards and threatening tree health

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A soggy summer filled with heavy rain, flooding and thunderstorms is threatening the health of trees across Indiana. Leaf scorch – the browning of leaves – branch dieback and premature defoliations are symptoms noted on mature oak, tulip and maple trees. Purdue University tree experts said homeowners and landowners […]

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DNR could sell seedlings to private wholesalers under bill passed by Senate

By Jessica Wray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would allow state-run plant nurseries to sell its extra tree seedlings to private wholesalers. The Department of Natural Resources could only sell the seedlings – which are young trees not much more than a few years old – at or below […]

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Senate overhauls bill to let DNR sell seedlings out of state

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate voted Monday to amend legislation that would originally have let state nurseries sell tree seedlings and other stock directly to out-of-state customers. Now, Senate Bill 177 would only let the nurseries – which are operated by the Department of Natural Resources – sell its excess stock to private […]

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Daniels revives tree planting tradition

Staff report The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mitch Daniels planted a bur oak on the Statehouse lawn Thursday, an effort to revive a tradition that ended with former Gov. Otis Bowen in 1977. The bur oak, a species native to Indiana, is now growing on the west lawn of the Statehouse. “We’re resurrecting this […]

See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

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See a weird tree? The state wants the photo.

  By Kendra Rhonemus The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS — The Department of Natural Resources is looking for the weirdest trees in Indiana, but they need your help. The DNR Forestry division is now accepting submissions for its 2012 issue of “Invasion of the Weird Trees,” an online publication updated every four years identifying the strangest […]