PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - IN: Public Lands/Wilderness

Advocates are asking for more oversight of confined animal feeding operations. (

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers will consider several bills that are important to the environment this legislative session. They cover solar, state forests, safe drinking water and factory-farm pollution. Tim Maloney, senior policy director with the Hoosier Environmental Council, said there

A timber sale in some of Indiana's most popular forests begins on Nov. 9. (Dave Simcox)

BROWN COUNTY, Ind. – As the date approaches for the start of logging of 300 acres in the Yellowwood Backcountry Area of Indiana, Brown County residents are hoping to stop it. The trees are set to be sold off next week in an area that covers Brown and parts of Monroe counties, and some of the

Volunteers tag Monarchs though programs sponsored by the Indiana Wildlife Federation. (

INDIANAPOLIS -- An effort to save Indiana's waterways is under way. It's part of a push by the National Wildlife Federation to combat negative impacts under budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration. The agency is conducting a campaign to educate people about what decreases in funding for h

Logging has caused erosion at Yellowwood State Forest. (

NASHVILLE, Ind. – When people are asked to name the most beautiful area of Indiana, Brown County is the answer most often given. People who live there and others who want to preserve its scenic beauty are fighting back against a plan to log in the Yellowwood State Forest. The Indiana Divis

A clearcut in Pike State Forest in southwestern Indiana. (Greg Clarke)

INDIANAPOLIS – States that neighbor Indiana are protecting their old forests, and conservation advocates want to know why the Hoosier State isn't doing the same. Michigan has designated more than 116,000 acres of state forests off limits to logging. In 1972, Ohio set aside nearly 8,000 acres

The Veterans Administration recently backed off of a plan to cut down ancient trees in Indiana to make way for a memorial. (Virginia Carter)

NASHVILLE, Ind. – An effort is under way to designate an old-growth forest in every county in the United States that has forestland. The Old-Growth Forest Network is spearheading the effort, and the group’s executive director, Joan Maloof, will speak on the topic in Indiana next month.

Hikers along the Knobstone Trail and others are finding areas that have been logged and clear cut. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

INDIANAPOLIS – Logging in state forests in Indiana has been stepped up, and that's not sitting well with hikers. The state ranks ninth in the nation in total lumber production according to the Department of Natural Resources. Those who use popular trails such as Knobstone and Tecumseh say mor

An inventory of Indiana's older forests already has identified more than 1,250 species, with hundreds more still being tallied. (Indiana Forest Alliance)

INDIANAPOLIS - Scientists have spent the past few years in some of Indiana's older forests, trying to inventory flora, fauna and wildlife before the trees are cut down to be sold as timber. The Indiana Forest Alliance has gotten a two-year grant to expand the study. The inventory, known as the Ecob

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