Medford, Ore. -- Jackson County will receive $6 million in federal timber payments within the next few weeks. The amount is something County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal called pennies compared to what the county used to get.
"It does not provide any long term funding solutions," he said.
Commissioner Breidenthal said $1.4 million from the federal government will go to roads. The other $4.6 million will go to the county's general fund.
"This will help keep us afloat. It will help keep our libraries open," Breidenthal said.
Several other Oregon counties will receive payments as well. The money paid to counties to stop logging on O&C lands, once owned by the now defunct Oregon and California railroad.
But he knows the payments may not last.
"We were supposed to be back working in the woods by now, but it's tied up even more than it's ever been so these dollars are critical to counties moving forward," he said.
The search for stable long term funding is something local counties will continue. Breidenthal said 10 to 15 years ago the county was receiving an excess of $25 million. These days, without a long term plan for our forests, local counties will take what they can get.