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Ohio Schools, Towns Get $2M From State Forest Timber Sales

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio officials say the sale of timber from state forests has generated a little over $2 million to be shared by 16 rural school districts and some local governments in a dozen counties.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources director says funding from the Trees to Textbooks program provides residents with a tangible benefit from state forests in their areas.

ODNR says over $27 million has been distributed since Trees to Textbooks began in 1999.

Adams County gets the most money in the latest round, with nearly $582,000. Ross County is next with about $565,000. Other beneficiaries sharing in the funding are in Athens, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Meigs, Muskingum, Pike, Scioto and Vinton counties.

ODNR’s forestry division manages the care of nearly 200,000 acres of state forests.