Think the only thing forests do for schools is supply the paper needed for those interminable spelling and math tests? If so, think again. Timber harvesting allows foresters to shape the forest toward management goals—for example, striking the balance between young and older forest needed to encourage a variety of wildlife species. Managing harvests while maintaining the long-term health and productivity of state lands is the job of DNR Forestry timber sales program staff. Timber sales from land managed by DNR Forestry contribute the dollars needed to operate a variety of public services, including schools.
The most obvious reason is to produce income for public programs. But timber harvest is also an important part of the stewardship of actively growing forests. Wisely planned harvest helps forests thrive while maintaining and even enhancing features such as space for outdoor recreation and some types of wildlife habitat. Timber harvest is also an important source of economic activity.
Perhaps the most down-to-earth reason for harvesting timber on state land, however, is that wood products permeate our everyday lives. And wood products produced from state-owned timber are among the most environmentally sound products you can buy. Why?
Interested in long-range conservation planning help for your privately owned land? The Forest Stewardship Program provides assistance to landowners on topics such as tree planting, habitat management, and timber sales.