Steven Higgs is a Bloomington-based journalist, photographer, and author. His resume includes stints as Herald-Times staff writer, Bloomington Independent columnist, and Bloomington Alternative editor and publisher. He has written three books for IU Press: Eternal Vigilance: Nine Tales of Environmental Heroism in Indiana (1996); A Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana (2016); and A Guide to Natural Areas of Northern Indiana (2019). He also taught journalism at IU–Bloomington for 27 years. | Photo by Jaime Sweany
“In wildness is the preservation of the world,” wrote Henry David Thoreau in Walden in 1854. Now, in this photo essay, journalist and photographer Steven Higgs considers Thoreau’s declaration vis à vis the Deam Wilderness Area in the Hoosier National Forest, especially in light of proposed legislation that would double the Deam’s size. Click here for a Deep Dive into “the Hoosier.”
Legislation recently introduced by Sen. Mike Braun would add 15,300 acres to the Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area’s 12,953 acres, making places like Nebo Ridge, Browning Mountain, Bad Hollow, and Panther Creek off-limits to logging. The bill would also create the 29,000-acre Benjamin Harrison National Recreation Area, Indiana’s only national recreation area. Click here for details about the bill.