"The Charles C. Deam Wilderness" © Kevin O Mooney


"The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, is a property managed by the USDA Forest Service. It has a total area of 201,047 acres (81,361 ha; 314.136 sq mi). The Charles C. Deam Wilderness section is the only real wilderness in Indiana. The Wilderness encompasses 13,000 acres of contiguous Forest Service land on the south bank of the eastern half of Lake Monroe, southeast of Bloomington and with SR 446 running along its western edge. The Charles C. Deam Wilderness was designated by Congress in December 1982. It was named for the first State Forester in Indiana, who was a pioneer in the forest conservation and an author of books on the trees and flora of Indiana."