Millions in timber payments headed to Oregon

, Posted: Fri, April 4 2014 at 1:14 PM, Updated: Mon, April 7 2014 at 3:28 PM

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.

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