SC Forestry Commission Gives Out Annual Payouts to School Districts | Environment
The 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.
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.
Other large SCFC payouts include Sumter County, where schools will receive $147, 048.80 from revenue generated by Manchester State Forest.
The payouts totaled $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.
TOTAL COUNTY PAYMENTS
More information on state forests can be found at http://www.trees.sc.gov/recreat.htm