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DNR timber sales total nearly $400,000 to benefit rural and volunteer fire departments

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Twelve counties will receive shares of nearly $400,000 to help support public safety efforts of rural and volunteer fire departments, thanks to DNR timber sale revenue.

The DNR Division of Forestry allocates 15 percent of timber-sale revenue from state forests to counties in which harvests occur. Each county shares the funds it receives with rural and volunteer fire departments that maintain a cooperative agreement with the DNR’s Fire Control Headquarters.

The program will be distributing $397,399.09 this year.

Although timber-sale revenue helps fund several DNR Division of Forestry programs, DNR’s forestry management focus is to improve and maintain forest health for long-term sustainability as required by state law.

DNR forestry management practices are based on the best science and nationally accepted standards, and conducted in a certified sustainable manner that earns continued approval from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council.

This year, 94 rural and volunteer fire departments will benefit. Fire departments are encouraged to use the funds to improve their wild land firefighting capability.