South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2009

STATE FORESTS FUND EDUCATION TO THE TUNE OF $892,000.00
Forest Revenues Lead to Record-High County Payouts

(Columbia,SC)–

Apparently money does grow on trees, especially for public schools in eleven South Carolina counties.  Annual county payouts are underway from the South Carolina Forestry Commission to councils or school boards in whose counties the Forestry Commission has land.  These funds represent 25 percent of the revenue generated on our forests and other installations.  They are paid in lieu of property taxes.  Check presentations are scheduled statewide and are being made by Forestry Commission personnel.

State forests serve as working model forests to illustrate the revenue which can be generated by proper timber management.  Our state forests are highly managed by professional foresters, thus self-supporting through timber harvests, pine straw sales, and recreation/usage fees.  The South Carolina Forestry Commission has long history of returning land revenue to local institutions.  Currently, state law mandates these funds be used for education.

Chesterfield County School Board will receive a check for $414,392.44 on October 12.  This represents the SCFC’s largest county payout.  These funds reflect a quarter of the revenue generated by Sand Hills State Forest (46,000 acres), which is located mostly in Chesterfield County.

Other payouts of note include Sumter County, where schools received $358,621.06 from revenue generated by Manchester State Forest (25,000 acres).  Williamsburg County received $65,677.05, reflecting 25 percent of the revenue generated by Wee Tee State Forest (12,439 acres).  Below is the list of counties and SCFC payouts for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

FY08-09

Abbeville

$37.50

Chesterfield

$414,392.44

Clarendon

$22,530.00

Darlington

$10,339.98

Georgetown

$1,340.35

Jasper

$11,733.23

Oconee

$502.44

Pickens

$3,684.56

Richland

$12,883.04

Sumter

$348,621.06

Williamsburg

$65,677.05

 

 

$891,741.65

Forestry and timber-related businesses reflect the number-one manufacturing industry in South Carolina, supporting 44,708 jobs and impacting the state’s economy by $17 billion every year.  SCFC’s mission is to protect the forest resource of the state.  Our state forests (Sand Hills, Manchester, Wee Tee and Harbison) and other agency-operated lands illustrate the economic benefits of forestry and its benefits to quality of water, air and life for all South Carolinians.  For every $1.00 invested by South Carolina in its Forestry Commission, the industry produces more than $1,300.00 of economic impact.

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 For more information, call Scott Hawkins at (803) 896-8820

 

 

 The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource.  For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces more than $1,300.00 of economic impact.

 

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