Timber News Update
by Rex Storm, Forest Policy Manager
Associated Oregon Loggers
Counties Receive Rural Schools Funds Paid: USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in January announced the US Treasury paid $323 million to counties within 41 states having national forests. The fiscal year 2013 payment is the last to support schools and roads as part of Congress’s one-year reauthorization of the ‘Secure Rural Schools Act.’ Although Oregon federal timber counties received $63 million, this amount pales compared to the $250 million reaped annually by Oregon counties in the 1980s, when receipts were based on a share of then-robust federal timber sale income.
Congressmen Call for Better Forestry: Washington Republican US Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Doc Hastings sent a letter urging US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to improve management of national forests. Pointing to recent wildfires that destroyed half a million acres of federal forests land in WA, the congressmen asked Chief Tidwell to prioritize a management plan to urgently address 3 million acres of most at-risk national forests (of 9 million acres in WA).Read the full article and discuss it »