The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Hoosier plays an important role in providing multiple uses and multiple products. While visiting you may see management in progress. Some areas are maintained in an open condition, either by bush-hogging or with prescribed fire. In other areas you may see trees being planted, thinned, or harvested.
The Forest provides diverse habitats for the plant and animal communities of south-central Indiana. The habitat needs of wildlife drives most of our projects on the Hoosier. We provide early successional habitat and young forest for the species that require that type of habitat, and have developed wetlands and opened up barrens to provide critical habitat as needed. The focus of habitats provided by the Hoosier are often those lacking elsewhere in the state. A significant part of the Forest is also left for natural processes where only limited management may occur.