The Ohio Department of Natural Resources announced sixteen rural Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share over $2 million from the sale of timber from Ohio’s state forests.
In all Muskingum County receives over $22,000 in funding. The county and Blue Rock Township will get over $5,000 a piece, Salt Creek Township receives over $400 and the Franklin Local School District benefits with over $11,000 in funds.
The Director of ODNR James Zehringer said, “The natural resources in these areas provide a host of benefits, and this is one tangible way residents can benefit from their state forests.”
Through the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Trees to Textbooks program, a percentage of the revenue generated from state forest management activity goes to the county, township and school district in which the activity took place.
The ODNR Division of Forestry has been distributing timber revenues to counties and townships since the early 1980s. In 1999, the “Trees to Textbooks” program was started, and since that time, more than $27.2 million has been distributed to Ohio school districts and their corresponding local governments.
The ODNR Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests.