DIVISION OF FORESTRY’S “TREES TO TEXTBOOKS” PROGRAM
Through the Division of Forestry’s “Trees to Textbooks” program, a percentage of the revenues generated from state forest management activities go to the county, township, and school district in which the activity took place.
Since 1983, Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships have received more than $24,400,000 from Ohio state forest timber sales.
According to state forester Bob Boyles, “Schools and local governments benefit directly from these timber sales. At the same time, these projects create a diverse landscape for wildlife, provide university research opportunities and promote healthier forests. We are proud of the significant contribution forest management projects continually contribute to local communities.”
After the Division of Forestry determines and deducts all timber management costs, 65% of the net revenue from timber sales are redirected to the local community, including local school districts. The forest management revenue allocation formula is as follows:
- 32.5% to local schools
- 16.25% to county
- 16.25% to township
- 35% to Division of Forestry*
The Division of Forestry is responsible for managing more than 200,000 acres on 21 state forests. State forestry experts manage these woodlands for overall health and diversity, soil and water conservation, improved wildlife habitat and expanded 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.
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 a half billion trees throughout Ohio.
* Wildfire suppression payments to fire departments within the Fire Protection Area are made with these funds.
Last update on 10. 25. 12