Speaking of trees, sixteen Appalachian Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships are sharing $1,737,857 from the sale of timber in Ohio’s 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 Division of Forestry is responsible for the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests, managing the 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. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands, visit ohiodnr.gov/forestry.