The Forest Bank Program

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. 

Interested in Participating?

To learn whether your forest may qualify for the Forest Bank, please contact

in the Blue River area
Blue River Project Office
5885 Wulfman Road SE
Laconia, IN  47135
(812) 737-2087
Allen Pursell, Program Director

in the Brown County Hills area
Brown County Hills Project Office
P.O. Box 1092
Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: (812) 988-0246
Fax: (812) 988-0048
Dan Shaver, Program Director

Contact The Forest Bank Program

Contact The Forest Bank Program

Chip Sutton
Director of Communications
Indiana Field Office
1505 N. Delaware Street
Suite 200
Indianapolis, Indiana  46202
Phone: (317) 951-8818
Fax: (317) 917-2478


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • Indiana