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Indiana Forest Alliance named Organization of the Year by environmental council

The Indiana Forest Alliance, a nonprofit, statewide organization of individuals concerned with the well-being of native forests in Indiana, has received the Organization of the Year award from the Hoosier Environmental Council. 

The Hoosier Environmental Council is an Indiana environmental policy organization advocating for solutions for the economy and the environment, according to a release from the Hoosier Environmental Council. 

The group received the award Dec. 2 at the Hoosier Environmental Council's 10th annual "Greening the Statehouse" forum, a gathering of environmental-minded citizens.

Tim Maloney, HEC's senior policy director, said in the release that the IFA has had successful work leading a community campaign to protect back country areas in Morgan-Monroe and Yellowwood State Forests and had a powerful grassroots response to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' plan to log parts of the Yellowwood back country area. 

"The Indiana Forest Alliance has established itself as a determined defender of Indiana's forest lands as well as a convener of thoughtful scientific inquiry into the ecological and economic benefits of forest protection," Maloney said in the release.

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