South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2013


Schools Benefit Again Through Active Management of State Forests

(Columbia, SC)  Annual county payouts from the South Carolina Forestry Commission have begun.

Funds come from revenue generated by forest product sales (timber and pine straw) and recreation/user fees on state forest lands.  The money is given to counties for education and, in some cases, is given directly to school districts themselves.  The South Carolina Forestry Commission is the only state agency which returns revenue to local education this way. 

SCFC county payouts are made in lieu of property taxes and represent 25 percent of the total revenue earned by state forestland in a given county during the fiscal year.  The payments and rate were set by a 1957 law and are now three-to-four times the average forestland property tax. 

This year, Chesterfield County Schools receive $482,155.30 from the Forestry Commission’s revenue from Sand Hills State Forest.  Sand Hills is a 46,000-acre tract of land located mostly in Chesterfield County.  The check was delivered last night during the school board meeting.

Other SCFC payouts of note include Sumter County, where schools will receive $147, 048.80 from revenue generated by Manchester State Forest.  A check presentation is scheduled for the Sumter Co. Council meeting on Sept. 10.

Payouts total $704,023.61 across 13 counties (see below) and again demonstrate that proper, sustainable forest management is a good business for the private and public landowner.

 

COUNTY PAYMENTS

 

CHESTERFIELD

482,155.30

DARLINGTON

12,370.79

KERSHAW

4,924.99

SUMTER

147,048.80

CLARENDON

10,079.30

RICHLAND     

15,528.50

WILLIAMSBURG

13,657.44

GEORGETOWN

186.97

PICKENS

9,091.13

OCONEE

3,529.55

ORANGEBURG

3,332.50

ALLENDALE

678.40

JASPER                              

1,439.95

TOTAL COUNTY PAYMENTS

704,023.61

 

In addition to providing an annual gift to education, State Forests are entirely self-supporting on just 75% of the revenue they generate due to active forest management.

More information on state forests can be found at http://www.trees.sc.gov/recreat.htm.

 

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News editors, for more information:  Scott Hawkins, (803) 896-8820

 

 

 

 

 

SC Forest-related businesses have a $17 billion annual impact on our economy.

For every $1.00 invested by the state in its Forestry Commission, forest industry produces about $1,200.00 of economic impact.


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