[env-trinity] Shasta-Trinity announces funding for schools, roads

Josh Allen jallen at trinitycounty.org
Tue Jan 9 08:50:49 PST 2007


Shasta-Trinity announces funding for schools, roads



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REDDING - Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood announced that more than $28
million in U. S. Forest Service revenue will be distributed to five
counties encompassing parts of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for
improvements to public schools, roads and stewardship projects.

"This is the sixth and final year of payments as authorized under the
Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self Determination Act of 2000,"
Heywood stated in a recent press release. "The Forest Service has
distributed more than $163 million under this legislation since 2001 to
assist Lassen, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties in
maintaining and improving local schools and roads."

Since 1908, 25 percent of Forest Service revenues, such as those from
timber sales, mineral resources and grazing fees, have been returned to
states in which national forest lands are located, according to the
release.

 

Because receipts from timber sales fluctuate, the Secure Rural Schools
and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 was developed to stabilize
payments to counties.

The press release reported that funds have been used for schools and
roads as well as "to create employment opportunities to maintain current
infrastructure and enhance forest ecosystems, improving land health and
water quality."

Authority for the Forest Service to make the payments expired at the end
of fiscal year 2006.

 

 

Siskiyou County received the highest payment of more than $9.57 million;
Trinity County received $7.98 million; and Shasta County received $4.14
million.

The Shasta-Trinity National Forest is the largest national forest in
California with a diverse landscape ranging from 1,000 to 14,162 feet.
The 2.1 million acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds
of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. For more
information, visit www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity/home-page/rac

 

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