Our speakers next week will be Jeff Stant, executive director, and Paul Bryan, development director, of Indiana Forest Alliance. The organization’s mission is to protect and restore Indiana’s native hardwood forests through science-based advocacy. We’ll be back in the Frangipani Room at noon.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
HHFB x 230 + 120 x 17 = Rotary!
Congratulations to the Rotary Bloomington team that volunteered at the Hoosier Hills Food Bank on Feb. 15. Between them, they took care of 230 regular boxes, plus 120 new ones. With four spouses and one guest, the total number of volunteers stood at 17. Many thanks to Bev Baker, Mike Baker, Jim Bright, Anne Bright, Kate Cruikshank, Liz Feitl, Ron Jensen, Nancy Krueger and Brian Garvey (Nancy’s spouse), Sara Laughlin, Julia Merkt, Art Oehmich, Michael Shermis, Loren Snyder, Marilyn and Marty Wood, and Alyce Zollman (who came with Loren Snyder).
And the new sponsor is … Clendening Johnson & Bohrer!
With 79 days to the Gala, 178 guests have signed up. Sign-up information is listed to the left on this newsletter, along with information about the statewide Rotary conference April 20-21.
Additional sponsors include:
Silver Level: Oliver Winery, IU Credit Union, Dr. Mark Dayton, Hilliard Lyons
Bronze level: Old National Bank, Smithville Fiber, German American Bank
FEB. 20 PROGRAM: John Seifert, State Forester
Leslie Green introduced our speaker John Seifert, State Forester at Indiana’s Department of Natural Resources. John’s employment with the Division of Forestry began in 2005 when he was hired as State Forester and director of the Division of Forestry. Previously, he served as Extension Research Forester for Purdue University from 1979 to 2005, where he pursued applied research in plantation and natural stand management. Living in North Vernon, John commutes to work and is responsible for 135 staff members.
The Indiana Division of Forestry was established in 1901 and purchased its first stands in 1903. Enabling legislation guides the department. John mentioned that most land in Indiana has a history of being managed, initially in response to chronic erosion across farmlands that had been badly managed. Few people realize that most of the forests we see today are only around 100 years old and that effective management of them relies on disruptive events (fire, clearing, heavy storms), which allow the regeneration of diversity in flora and fauna. Over the past few years, the DNR has voluntarily brought in auditors to check for national compliance. In addition, the DNR has established partnerships with research entities to help with its science-based management of Indiana forests. In addition to managing forests, the Division of Forestry is responsible for upkeep of more than 200 miles of hiking trails, more than 140 lakes, and the Knobstone trail, which at 58 miles, is the longest foot trail in Indiana.
John mentioned that Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (heeforeststudy.org) is Indiana’s most comprehensive, landscape-scale experimental project that investigates the effects of State Forest management practices on flora and fauna. Designed to be a 100-year project, the study has so far produced 140 inventory seasons across more than 24 major study areas, 50 peer-reviewed research publications and a number of major dissertations. The net finding is that disruptive clearing of forests such as areas of Yellowwood is key to the health and wellbeing of the forest. He suggested that the regeneration of hardwood forests in Indiana have slowed because we don’t allow easy regeneration of the landscape. For this reason, Indiana may be headed into a period of decline for some hardwoods.
Questioned about public input on decisions made by the Division of Forestry, John mentioned that there are a few ‘open houses’ soon, in which they encourage public participation.
For more information on the Division of Forestry, visit http://www.in.gov/dnr/forestry/.
Our February 20 Meeting
President Mike Baker led the meeting. Earon Davis was our greeter, and Steve Moberly led the Pledge of Allegiance. In honor of Presidents Day, Steve shared tidbits from a trove of information he recently found on the web. For instance, the site suggests that John Quincy Adams, 6th President, enjoyed skinny-dipping in the Potomac and was pressured into an interview by a journalist who sat on his clothes (perhaps an early form of ‘fake news’?). John Tyler, president from 1841-45, who had fathered as many as 15 children into his 70s, still has two living grandchildren. Calvin Coolidge, referred to as ‘Silent Cal’ because of his stoic personality, served from 1923-29. Hearing of his death, Dorothy Parker asked, “How can they tell?”
Guests, introduced by Glenda Murray
- Russ Bonanno (Steve Ingle)
- Annette Bruner (Liz Irwin)
- Joan Middendorf (Earon Davis)
- Gary Taylor (Bloomington North visitor)
- Jim Capshew
- Janette Koon (Walt Koon)
Owen Johnson (22)
John Miller (22)
Glenda Murray (24)
Alain Barker, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer