The Indiana Natural Resources Commission has approved a new policy to manage
firewood use at state properties and also to set in motion a proposal to
make it a permanent rule.
The two-step approach will allow the Department of Natural Resources to
implement the change this year while the proposed permanent measure works
its way through the normal nine- to 12-month rulemaking process which will
include a public comment period, the DNR said in a statement released on
“The intent of both steps is to protect resources on state properties
against the spread of emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, Asian longhorned
beetle, and other pests and pathogens that can be transported in firewood,”
the statement said.
Effective immediately, visitors will be allowed to bring firewood to DNR
properties only under certain circumstances. Bundled firewood must have a
U.S. Department of Agriculture or Indiana state certification compliance
stamp, be purchased from an on-site concessionaire or the DNR property, or
be kiln-dried construction lumber. An exception allows visitors to bring
uncertified firewood so long as the bark is removed before entering the DNR
In other actions, the NRC:
•Approved state nature preserve designation for two sites at Harmonie State
Park in southwest Indiana. Wabash Border Nature Preserve is a 254.62-acre
tract on the north side of the park, and Harmonie Hills Nature Preserve is a
334.79-acre tract in the southern portion. Both sites have high-quality
forests and are home to state-endangered plant or fish species.
•Adopted a preliminary rule to allow horse tag use on designated properties
to be year round rather than the current April through November time frame.
•Repealed a non-rule policy regarding disposition of permanently injured,
non-releasable animals taken in by licensed wildlife rehabilitators due to
previous NRC approval of administrative rule changes governing the same
•Approved the appointment of Lynda Ellington as assistant property manager
at Shakamak State Park.
The NRC’s next meeting is May 17 at Pokagon State Park.