DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
State forests. Requires the department of natural resources (department) to prepare annual statements of proposed removal of merchantable timber from state forests and proposed replanting of trees after the removal of timber. Requires an environmental impact statement before the department may proceed with the proposed activities. Establishes a procedure for public comment with respect to the proposed activities and the environmental impact statements. Allows a member of the public to appeal to the natural resources commission a determination of the department to proceed with the proposed activities. Prohibits the removal of timber: (1) less than 500 yards from a trail in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood state forests; and (2) during migratory bird nesting seasons in all state forests. Creates the position of state forest ecologist in the department and prescribes the duties of the position. Establishes a process for the division of fish and wildlife to prepare and implement management plans for threatened or endangered species. Requires the division of forestry to give priority to the establishment in state forests of trails that are for the use of pedestrians only and are located in areas free of development.