Hoosier National Forest

Charles C. Deam Wilderness

As Indiana's only officially designated Wilderness Area, the Charles C. Deam Wilderness is special by definition. Discover what Wilderness means and how you can do your part to keep up the area's untrammeled spirits.

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Welcome to Hoosier National Forest

Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy. Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful 204,000 acre Forest a local treasure.

Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of stewardship focused on restoring, maintaining, and interpreting the cultural and natural resources of our public lands.

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  • Fire Hire Starts March 20!

    Three firefighters are walking, wearing helmets and carrying tools.

    Are you looking for a job that is anything, but ordinary? The USDA Forest Service, Eastern Region Fire and Aviation Management program has permanent positions. Help protect our nation's resources!

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Houston South Project to proceed

Overstocked pines in the project area.

The Forest Service has completed the legal process required to allow the Houston South Vegetation Management and Restoration Project to move forward with implementation.

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Buffalo Springs Restoration Project - Public Engagement

A summer view of Springs Valley Lake

As stewards of the land, we are entrusted by the American people to take a holistic look at forest ecosystems and make informed decisions about the future direction of those ecosystems and any needed management actions to improve conditions. An important part of that process is involving the local community, interested organizations, and forest visitors. This page is to share information about the Buffalo Springs Restoration Project and keep you updated on its status. 

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