ODNR’s “Trees to Textbooks” Program Provides more than $1.7 Million to Schools and Communities

November 9, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH – Sixteen Appalachian Ohio school districts and their corresponding counties and townships will share $1,737,857 from the sale of timber in Ohio’s state forests. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director James Zehringer and Smokey Bear today presented the largest check of $278,852 to Vinton County Local Schools during a school assembly.

“We are proud to assist the local schools and communities that benefit from not only the jobs and economic value generated by these funds, but from the many environmental and social benefits of a well-managed forest,” said Zehringer. “Proper management of Ohio’s state forests benefits Ohioans by creating diverse landscapes for wildlife, providing university research opportunities and promoting healthier lifestyles through recreational opportunities.”

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 is responsible for the care of nearly 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 ODNR Division of Forestry’s website at

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at