Our Klamath Basin
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
distribute timber payments for rural counties
Ed Schafer on Thursday, Jan. 15, announced the U.S. Forest Service
is distributing more than $477 million to 41 states and Puerto
Rico as part of the reauthorized federal timber payments.
The money is earmarked for improvements to public schools, roads
and stewardship projects.
Oregon is receiving slightly more than $133 million, the highest
payment awarded in this round. California is receiving more than
$57 million. Idaho and Washington are getting upwards of $37
Congress last fall reauthorized the Secure Rural Schools and Self
Determination Act for four years. The original act expired in 2007
and was extended for one year.
Since 1908, 25 percent of Forest Service revenues, including
revenues from timber sales, mineral resources and grazing fees,
have been returned to states with national forests.
In recent years, those revenues have declined significantly,
triggering Congress in 2000 to enact legislation to assist rural
counties through the federal timber payments.
Thirty-three Oregon counties are in line for the payments. Lane
County, which is in line for $28.3 million, is receiving the
highest payment, followed by Douglas County at $18.7 million,
Klamath County at $13.3 million and Linn County at $9.4 million.
Payments are based on the percentage of national lands in each
county and historical levels of timber harvest.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2009, All Rights