End Subsidies for Logging State Forests
Dec27

End Subsidies for Logging State Forests

Economic analysis reveals state forest timber sales unfairly compete with private sector and are a “loss leader” for taxpayers. The Shawnee State Forest Economic Study, released today by the Buckeye Forest Council, the Ohio Environmental Council the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter, and Voices for the Forest details how the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry (DOF) management of our state forests is a loss leader for Ohio taxpayers. The 192-page report analyzes DOF practices such as producing goods and services, like timber, that could be provided by the private sector, verses the economic benefits of managing state forests for intact forest ecosystems services, which would require comparatively little management. The study reveals the DOF’s published cost of timber harvesting in state forests is substantially less than the actual cost of those practices. Taxpayer subsidies make up for remaining costs from revenue sources other than timber, most likely from the state general revenue fund. In other words, a portion of, and in some cases all, of the money distributed to local communities from timber harvests on state forest land actually is financed by taxpayers, not timber sales. Our state forests provide the greatest economic benefit to their owners – the people of Ohio – when they are left intact, not logged,” said Johncox. “It is time for the DOF to be re-purposed to better reflect the expressed needs of Ohio citizens in the 21st century.” Read the entire press release here. Read the Executive Summery Read the Full Report Columbus Dispatch Article: State looses money on logging critics say. Editorial: Add it UP: State should answer logging critics with an accounting of costs ONN TV News Coverage: Environmentalists ready for budget cuts Editorial Toledo Blade: Logging...

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