Thursday, October 18, 2012
"Trees to Textbooks" Program to Distribute More Than $1.4 Million to Ohio School Districts, Communities
COLUMBUS, OH - Seventeen Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $1,444,650 from the sale of timber in Ohio's state forests, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' (ODNR) Division of Forestry.
Through the division'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.
"Sustainable conservation practices on Ohio's state forests create a diverse landscape for wildlife, provide university research opportunities and promote healthier forests," said Robert Boyles, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. "Local schools and communities benefit from not only the jobs and economic value generated, but from the many environmental and social benefits of a well-managed forest."
ODNR's Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of more than 200,000 acres of state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational opportunities. Selected trees or areas of woodland are harvested through a competitive bid process that includes requirements for sound management practices. All work is conducted by certified master loggers under strict monitoring.
The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio's public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio's woodlands, visit the Division of Forestry's website at www.ohiodnr.com/forestry
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at www.ohiodnr.com