The Forest Bank program is a conservation tool used for the protection of forests in priority areas. The Forest Bank program allows the Nature Conservancy to offer professional forest management services in exchange for long-term conservation of forestlands. Forest owners are guaranteed annual income and quick access to the cash value of their standing timber without the need to liquidate the entire forest. In return for these financial benefits, The Forest Bank receives from the forest landowner a permanent conservation easement that will keep the land as forest for all time
Other benefits of the program can include a timber appraisal, management plan, timber stand improvement and timber marketing. The Forest Bank is designed to be a model of sustainable forest management in Indiana and is certified as such under the Forest Stewardship Council.
To learn whether your forest may qualify for the Forest Bank, please contact
Allen Pursell in the Blue River area at 812-737-2087,
or Dan Shaver in the Brown County Hills area at 812-988-0246.February 18, 2011