(Washington) – USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen today announced the issuance of more than $193 million to support public schools, roads and other municipal services through the agency’s Secure Rural Schools program, with $3,855,099 million going to Wyoming.
The funding will be delivered as payments to more than 700 eligible counties in 41 states and Puerto Rico.
“The Secure Rural Schools program is one of many ways the Forest Service supports rural communities as a good neighbor,” said Christiansen. “This support is part of USDA’s ongoing commitment to work hand-in-hand with community leaders and to provide vital economic relief to local communities.”
Over the past 10 years, the Forest Service has distributed more than $2.3 billion through the Secure Rural Schools program.
In addition to payments for schools and roads, the Secure Rural Schools program supports Firewise Communities programs, reimburses counties for emergency services on national forests, and funds development of community wildfire protection plans.
The Forest Service retains a portion of Secure Rural Schools program funds to support projects that improve forest conditions and support jobs in rural communities. Resource advisory committees, made up of local residents representing varied areas of interest and expertise, review and recommend projects that meet their local needs.
To learn more, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/secure-rural-schools.