Newton County Treasurer Gina Rodriguez was presented with a check today, at the Newton County Commissioner's office, from The Missouri Army National Guard (MOARNG) Environmental Office on Wednesday.
Newton County Treasurer Gina Rodriguez was presented with a check today, at the Newton County Commissioner’s office, from The Missouri Army National Guard (MOARNG) Environmental Office on Wednesday.
The check was in the amount of $4,815.56.
"We are ecstatic to present the check, it just helps out the county with the schools and the county roads," said Shane Kampeter, conservation section chief with the environmental office. "We have another timber harvest that is happening this year, so hopefully we will be able to do this agin in the future."
According to information provided, MOARNG Environmental Office periodically conducts timber sales at Camp Crowder. The last timber sale was in 2015, which generated $81,380 in total timber sales. The revenue generated from the timber sales goes into a reimbursable forestry account with the Department of Defense. The installation can then pull money from this account from improvements of forest lands on that installation. Each state in which a military installation is located from which forest products are sold in a fiscal year is entitled to an amount equal to 40 percent of the net proceeds from the sale minus the amount of reimbursement of appropriation used by the installation."
Camp Crowder Forestry Program
The timber sale consisted of approximately 2,508 trees, creating approximately 246,082 board fee of wood.
"Ninety percent of the cut timber was old growth black oak, susceptible to disease and declining in value," according to the press release. "The timber harvest improves the overall forest health and the long-term sustainability of the forest by removing overstocked and mature trees. Logged areas will regenerate naturally with black oak trees as well as some white oak, increasing the diversity of the forest. A portion of the logged area will be sown with shortleaf pine seed, reintroducing Missouri's only native pine tree to Camp Crowder after being extirpated from the property almost 200 years ago."
This is the third check Rodriguez has received since she has been in office: Aug. 2, 2010, was $11,947.44 and Dec. 13, 2013 was $17,522.66.