Washington D.C. -- Oregon's delegation in Washington D.C. says the U.S. Forest Service will soon release $67.8 million in payments to 18 Oregon counties under the Secure Rural Schools program. Oregon is expected to receive more than $107 million in timber payments, once the Interior Department releases its funding to counties in the coming weeks. The program will distribute a total of $329 million to more than 700 counties across the United States.
Oregon’s delegation successfully extended the Secure Rural Schools program last year as part of a bill to transition the federal government out of the helium business. Senator Wyden co-authored the original SRS program in 2000. Since then, the program has brought $2.8 billion to Oregon counties devastated by declining timber harvests.
A county-by-county breakdown of total payments was not available Friday.