Classified Forest

The following question was sent to the P&PDL diagnosticians here at Purdue University:

Question: We were recently at Williams Dam outside of Shoals, Indiana, and we noticed signs that said, "Classified Forest". We would like to know what that means, please.

Answer: A Classified Forest consists of 10 acres of more, supporting a growth of native or planted trees, which have been set aside for the production of timber and wildlife, the protection of watersheds, or the control of soil erosion. Lands designated as such by the Indiana State Forester are eligible for assessment at $1.00 per acre and taxes are paid on that assessment. The objective of the Forest Land Classification Act is to encourage better private woodland management and protection.

-Rita McKenzie, Urban Forester