Hoosier National Forest
Hoosier Hoop. Pioneer Mothers Woods, Hoosier National Forest.
Using an iron tread from an old wagon wheel found nearby, an activist frames
a zero in a grove of walnut trees in the center of this rare 80 acre tract
of virgin hardwood forest. In the 1980's the United States Forest Service
drafted a Forest Plan for the Hoosier National Forest that would have clearcut
most of he forest over the next 50 years. Because of strong public
opposition, the plan that was eventually adopted provided for less emphasis
on commercial extraction and more emphasis on protecting habitat for plants
and animals and providing recreational opportunities for humans.
Nevertheless, the present Plan (amended 1991) still calls for logging and
other extractive activities. The Indiana Forest Alliance believes
that the Hoosier National Forest and all other publicly owned lands should
be off limits to resource extraction for private gain.
Ground Zero Circle. Hoosier National Forest. During the
annual Heartwood Rendezvous Heartwood forest activists circle around an
orange stake set beside a geological survey marker which is the exact point
where all the griding of the west began...the keystone marker so to speak.
Straight-line grid-work division of the Earth is the epitome of the kind
of linear thinking which must change if we are to learn to live in harmony
with the land. In essence, circles must replace squares. The whole must
replace the part.
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