Gilchrist, Sun Pass State Forests deliver $1.1 million for county, local services

Gilchrist, Sun Pass State Forests deliver $1.1 million for county, local services

December 17, 2020
Klamath Falls News

The Oregon Department of Forestry released a report to state forest trust land counties highlighting economic, environmental, and social accomplishments in fiscal year 2020, including distributing $1.1 million in revenue to Klamath County and local service providers.

Klamath County is home to the Gilchrist and Sun Pass state forests, with a combined size of about 98,000 acres.

ODF recently released its Council of Forest Trust Land Counties annual report, which highlights the array of economic, environmental, and social contributions from approximately 729,000 acres of actively managed state forestland.  It includes a recap of timber sales and revenue distribution, conservation and forest health activities, and recreation use, including popularity and number of visitors, among other statistics.

Statewide, counties and local governments received $69.2 million in fiscal year 2020, collected from timber sales on state-owned forests. Revenues are distributed based on timber sales within a particular jurisdiction. Other highlights include replanting more than 3 million trees and hosting more than 22,000 campers at ODF campgrounds.

Counties and local service providers receive approximately 64 percent of net revenues from timber harvests on state forests. The remaining revenues finance virtually all aspects of state forest management, including ODF’s recreational offerings, environmental enhancement projects, replanting after timber harvest, and forest road maintenance. The state’s share of revenue was approximately $38.3 million in fiscal year 2020.

“The economic, environmental and social successes detailed in this annual report highlight the broad scope of benefits healthy working forests provide to Oregonians and communities,” State Forester Peter Daugherty said.

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