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Win-win for Missouri Guard’s Camp Crowder and Newton County

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Brig. Gen. Marty Robinson presents symbolic check to Newton County officials (Missouri National Guard photo/RELEASED) Brig. Gen. Marty Robinson presents symbolic check to Newton County officials (Missouri National Guard photo/RELEASED)

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

Win-win for Missouri Guard’s Camp Crowder and Newton County

By Lt. Col. John Jurgensmeyer

NEOSHO, Mo. – When Missouri National Guard officials walked into the Newton County Courthouse carrying a huge check, people lining the halls of the bustling building might have wondered who in their midst won it big.

The answer: the people of Newton County and anyone passing through.

Missouri National Guard Brig. Gen. Marty Robinson presented the symbolic check to Newton County treasurer Gina Rodriguez and county commissioners Marilyn Ruestman, Jim Jackson and Alan Cook.

“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the Missouri National Guard,” said Ruestman, Newton County presiding commissioner. “This is in addition to everything else we appreciate about the Missouri Guard.”

The Guard’s environmental office conducts timber sales at Camp Crowder Training Site, as well as from other Guard-owned lands. Revenue generated from the sales go into a reimbursable forestry account within the Department of Defense. Military installations can then pull a percentage of monies from the account for improvements of forestlands - in this case, Camp Crowder.

A percentage also goes to the training site’s county to be used for the benefit of public schools and roads.

“Newton County is entitled to $17,522.16 from our fiscal year 2013 timber sale at nearby Camp Crowder,” said Robinson, clearly happy to turn over the funds.

At Camp Crowder, 3,474 trees came down, creating about 380,282 board feet of wood. Ninety percent of the cut timber was old growth black oak, which were becoming susceptible to disease and declining in value. Logged areas will regenerate naturally with black oak trees as well as some white oak, increasing the diversity of the forest, said Robinson.

Some 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.

“The money is a wonderful surprise and it will be used to help support the roads and schools in the county,” Ruestman said. “We budget down to the penny and a check like this helps us with projects that we would not be able to fund until next year.”

For more information about the Missouri National Guard, please visit www.moguard.com and our social media sites: www.facebook.com/Missouri.National.Guard; www.twitter.com/Missouri_NG; www.youtube.com/MoNationalGuard; www.myspace.com/missouri_ng; www.flickr.com/photos/missouriguard; www.moguard.com/blog; www.pinterest.com/monationalguard/

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