An Update on Proposed U.S. Forest Service Land Sale to Fund Secure Rural Schools Act

Senators Wyden (D-Oregon) and Craig (R-Idaho), who authored the original Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act in 2000, recently released a report written by the Sierra Institute and funded by the Forest Service lauding the success of the Secure Rural Schools Act and proposing that it be continued for an additional seven years. Their bill, S. 267 introduced in 2005, would reauthorize the initial law, which established a six year payment formula for counties that receive revenue sharing payments to compensate for declining timber sales on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. The reauthorization legislation conflicts with the Adminstration's proposal to fund the program for an additional five years at a reduced level through land sales by the Forest Service. Senator Craig has said that, though he has concerns, he needs to learn more about the Administration's funding proposal before taking a position.

To see Senator Craig's news release on the report, click here.

To read the Executive Summary of the Assessment Report, click here.

In a related story, Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) has vowed to lead opposition to proposed land sales by the U.S. Forest Service. To read more about this, click here.