Common Staff Writer
At the Tuesday meeting of the Scioto County Commissioners, it was announced that Scioto County as a whole, would be receiving $529,762.89 as a result of timber sales from Shawnee State Forest and Brush Creek State Forest.
Among the net total the Scioto County Government will be receiving $132, 440.72. Brush Creek Township will receive $10,911.25, Morgan Township will receive $3,678.79. Nile Township will receive $69,440.67, Rarden Township will receive $14,958.19, Union Township will receive $33,451.83, Northwest Local School District is set to receive $126,000.09 and Washington-Nile Local School District will receive $138,881.35.
Informing the Scioto county Commissioners of the payment was Nate Jester and Robert Boyles, Chief of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Forestry.
“Our timber program generates different products through sustainable management of our state forests. Each year, at the end of the fiscal year we calculate the totals and portions of that revenue come back to the local governments, townships and school districts,” Jester said.
Jester said, this years payment does represent an increase over last years payment to the county.
“In January of 2011 Chief Boyles set us (ODNR-Division of Forestry) on a path to increase our volumes (of harvesting). We’re targeting under 40 percent of our annual growth, which means annually 60 percent of what that forest grows is allowed to remain in the forest. Our forest will always be getting older as a whole and larger as a whole,” Jester said. “I always like to relate it to mowing your grass. If every time you mowed your grass and only took 40 percent of what grew from the last mowing, you would have a hay field at the end of the summer.”
Jester said the payment represents 4,599,432 board feet that’s been harvested from Scioto County resulting in the payment.
“Between fiscal years 1983 and 2013 there have been nearly $6 million in revenue just to Scioto County through this program,” Jester said.
For more information about the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and its many activities visit, www.ohiodnr.com/forestry.
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