FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2011
DNR-managed forestlands helped state’s private-sector timber economy retain jobs in 2010
Annual Report released: Data show nearly one-third of Washington’s timber harvest volume came from state trust lands
OLYMPIA – State trust forestlands helped keep timber contractors, saw mills and related businesses working last year. Close to 30 percent of the total timber harvest in Washington State in Fiscal Year 2010 came from state trust lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) according to its 2010 Annual Report released today. That compares to an average of 16 percent of the state’s annual timber harvests between 2000 and 2007.
“DNR’s commitment to a sustainable harvest produced $225 million in non-tax revenue in 2010 for public school construction and other public services while helping the state’s timber economy through a tough year,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
The report lists financial results for Fiscal Year 2010, which ended June 30, 2010. During that time, DNR produced:
- $50 million for public school construction statewide;
- $67.9 million for 19 western Washington counties that receive revenue from DNR’s management of forestlands; and
- $19.5 million for construction funding at the state’s universities, including University of Washington and Washington State University.
In addition the report describes a number of accomplishments in 2010, including how DNR:
- Earned more than $1 million from wind power leases;
- Kept the number of acres burned by wildfires below the five-year wildfire average on the 13 million acres of private and public lands DNR protects from wildfire;
- Dedicated aquatic reserves for Cherry Point, Smith and Minor Islands, and Protection Island; and
- Utilized 96,500 hours of volunteer labor, estimated to be worth $1.35 million dollars.
The 2010 DNR Annual Report can be viewed online at: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/em_annualreport10.pdf
DNR-managed state trust lands
DNR manages more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, aquatic, agricultural, and conservation lands. State trust lands are managed to produce income for schools, universities, prisons, state mental hospitals, community colleges, local services in many counties, and the state’s General Fund. State trust lands are also managed to provide fish and wildlife habitat, and educational and recreational opportunities.
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