A record 330 million board feet of timber valued at more than $50 million was harvested on state endowment trust lands in Idaho in fiscal 2012.
Idaho’s public schools are the largest beneficiary of the revenue generated from harvesting timber on state endowment trust lands, getting $31.3 million in 2012. All beneficiaries received $46 million, the Department of Lands said in a press release.
About 85 percent of the money came from timber sales. Over the past half a century, the management of state forests has generated more than one billion dollars.
Idaho State Forester David Groeschl said the record harvest was driven by a combination of factors including market demand, reduced availability of timber from private lands during the downturn in the economy, and a significant amount of state timber under contract.
“It represents about 35 percent of the total timber harvested in the state of Idaho, and state-managed forests account for only five percent of Idaho’s forests,” Groeschl said.