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Florida Forest Service Awards $110,000 to the Levy County School Board and Levy County Board of County Commissioners
Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam today announced that the Florida Forest Service is distributing $55,397 to the Levy County Board of County Commissioners, and $55,397 to the Levy County School Board as a result of revenue generated from operating the Goethe State Forest.
“The Florida Forest Service is a strong partner in many rural communities throughout Florida,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Through effective management of our natural resources and land, we are able to generate revenue for the state, while also generating revenue for children in our public schools.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services manage 35 state forests encompassing over one million acres. Through a comprehensive resource management plan, the department encourages the use of forest lands for recreation, as a habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals, for soil and water conservation and as source of raw materials for a dynamic wood-using industry.
During the last fiscal year, the department collected approximately $7 million in revenue through state forest operations, including $5.8 million from the sale of timber and $1.1 million in recreation fees from over 1.8 million visitors.
The activities of Florida’s revenue producing state forests benefit ten counties that have been identified as fiscally constrained under Florida law. The counties receive 15 percent of the gross receipts from a state forest in proportion to the acreage located in each county.
For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or the Florida Forest Service, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.