Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry presented a check to Washington-Nile (West) School District along with County Commissioners Cathy Coleman and Mike Crabtree for their share of timber sales revenue from Shawnee State Forest and Brush Creek State Forest, as a part of the Trees to Textbooks program.
In total Scioto County along with various townships and school districts will receive a collective $2,038,898.
Washington-Nile Local School District received $82,339.02 from the program.
According to Treasurer, Sherry Patterson these funds will most likely be used to fund special projects and needs that the district sees, such as new buses, iPads, textbooks and other items.
During the presentation, students were led in song by Michael Newman, to celebrate the occasion.
Afterwards, Assistant Principal Linda Shaw introduced school board members, county commissioners and ODNR officials.
The students also engaged in a presentation from Smokey the Bear about how to prevent forest fires. Learning Smokey’s ABC’s and pledge.
Afterwards, ODNR Director Jim Zehringer presented the check to school officials.
“These revenues are an investment in the education and maintenance of our local communities,” said Robert Boyles, ODNR deputy director and state forester. “Well-managed public and private forests have far-reaching benefits for us all.”
According to released information, 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, according to officials.
For more information about ODNR Division of Forestry of the Trees to Textbooks programs visit, ohiodnr.gov/forestry.
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