Oregon Gets Timber Dollar Boost

TimberMEDFORD, Ore. — Beginning next week, another $2 million in federal timber payments will be paid out to Oregon counties

In February, the Bureau of Land Management reduced the secure rural schools funding paid to 18 Oregon counties by 10% in anticipation of automatic spending cuts, called sequestration.

However, the Sequester was only a 5.1% cut, and counties have been waiting for months for the department of the interior to pay out the remainder that counties are owed.

Interior Department officials notified Wyden and Merkley today that the payments are being calculated now, and will be released next week.

Jackson County expects to receive about $200,000, but it’s already budgeted into the upcoming fiscal year as part of the 3.5 million federal dollars already expected.