Nichole Hannahs

Timber Sales Pay Off

by Nichole Hannahs on October 15, 2012 at 10:12 am

Timber sales at Blue Rock State Forest net over $42,000 in profit for Muskingum County.

The money will be split between the county, Blue Rock and Salt Creek Townships as well as Franklin Local School District. The Timber sales occurred between July of 2011 and June of 2012. The money comes from the Division of Forestry "Trees to Textbooks" program.

"Every year on a 20 year cycle timber stands are inventoried and depending on how those schedules come in that’s how they determine which areas are harvested or which areas may need to be left alone," said Forest Manager David Glass.

Leaving areas alone allows the forest to renew itself.

"A lot of the stands are naturally regenerated," explained Glass. "We currently do not have any nurseries to provide seedlings, but most of the areas will regenerate on their own."

The "Trees for Textbooks" program will share over $1.4 million statewide between 17 school districts. The Division of Forestry cares for more than 200,000 acres across the state.

The following is a breakdown of the money given to our area:

Muskingum County: $10,569.67

Blue Rock Township: $10,414.36

Salt Creek Township: $155.30

Franklin LSD: $21,139.33