FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2001
"TREES TO TEXTBOOKS" -- LOCAL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE NEARLY $750,000 THANKS TO FOREST MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES ON OHIO'S STATE FORESTS
COLUMBUS, OH -- Eighteen Ohio school districts will share a total of $743,420 this year from the sale of timber and other products on state forests, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry
Under state law, 40 percent of revenues generated from any timber management project on state forest land are distributed to local school districts in the county where the project took place. An additional 40 percent of revenues is allocated to the local county and township governments (20 percent each), while the remaining 20 percent is deposited in the state's General Revenue Fund. Of the 20 percent assigned to the General Revenue Fund, $100,000 is automatically allocated to pay local fire departments for forest fire suppression assistance.
In all, nearly $1,500,000 will be distributed this year as a result of forest management activities on Ohio's 20 state forests. Revenues generated from state forests also include royalties from the production of minerals, such as oil and gas, on state land.
Counties receiving the largest allocation of funding include Scioto County ($181,000), Vinton County ($178,000) and Ross County ($169,000).
The ODNR Division of Forestry, originally formed in 1885, is responsible for managing more than 184,000 acres of state forests across Ohio. Through carefully selected timber management projects, foresters have been able to improve the health, vigor and productivity of state forest lands.
Selective timber harvesting projects were conducted on approximately 1,500 acres of Ohios 184,000 acres of state forest land last year.
Today, Ohio is more than 30 percent forested, compared to just 12 percent in the early 1900s. In the past 80 years, the ODNR Division of Forestry has planted more than 500,000,000 trees in Ohio, and continues to produce for planting more than 5,000,000 seedlings a year.
All timber management projects on state lands are carefully selected. State forestry experts use these projects to improve the forest's overall health and diversity, with an eye to its value for recreational opportunities, soil and water conservation and wildlife habitat. When it is determined that selected trees or limited areas of woodland should be harvested, projects are competitively bid with requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified companies under strict contract requirements and monitoring.
Virtually all properties acquired by the Division of Forestry over the years were either abused farmlands with no forest cover, abandoned strip mine lands or severely cut-over and neglected woodlands. Now restored by state foresters as productive forests, these lands are managed for a multitude of benefits, including watershed protection, back-country recreation, wildlife habitat and timber production.
EDITORS NOTE: ATTACHED IS A LIST OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVING FUNDS THROUGH TIMBER SALES ON STATE FOREST LAND BY COUNTY
For Further Information Contact:
Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations
Blue Rock State Forest
Blue Rock Township
Salt Creek Township
Franklin Local School District
Dean State Forest
Rock Hill School District
Hocking State Forest
Logan Hocking School District
Maumee State Forest
Liberty Center School District
Swanton School District
Pike Delta York School District
Maumee State Forest (continued)
Anthony-Wayne School District
Mohican-Memorial State Forest
Loudonville-Perrysville School District
Perry State Forest
New Lexington School District
Pike State Forest
Ohio Valley School District
Pike State Forest (continued)
Western Local School District
Scioto Trail- Tar Hollow
Scioto Valley School District
Zane-Trace School District
Shade River State Forest
Eastern School District
Shawnee State Forest
Ohio Valley School District
Brush Creek Township
Washington-Nile School District
Northwest School District
Zaleski State Forest
Vinton School District