Idaho's forest-products industry contributes more than
$90,000,000 each year toward public schools -- more than 8% of the total
public school budget.
By law, 25% of the revenue earned by the federal government
through the sale of timber on national forest land must be returned to the
counties for use by the schools and to maintain county roads. In 1995, national
forest timber sales generated $4.5 million for Idaho's public schools. In
addition, the forest products community contributed some $22.4 million to
Idaho's schools through property taxes, another $27.9 million in income
taxes, and $15.5 million dollars in state use taxes and state sales taxes.
The state income fund accounted for another $4.4 million of forestry's total
contribution to Idaho's public schools.
The forest products industry also provided $17.1 million to
public schools in 1995 through Idaho's state Endowment