Rural counties need a longterm solution as federal program expires (Opinion)

Note:  From http://www.oregonlive.com.

forest-scene

By Tim Freeman, Simon Hare and Craig Pope

The Secure Rural Schools program, which provided funding to timber dependent communities hit hard by declining harvests, is often described as a “lifeline” to rural Oregon counties with forest lands under federal ownership.  Yet the program expired in October 2015, resulting in a 90 percent revenue reduction to counties struggling to balance budgets and still provide minimum service.

The program’s expiration follows years of declining and uncertain payments. And overall, the subsidies have failed to address the underlying economic and social problems facing our counties. For our federal representatives, the only solution is to create good-paying jobs and generate revenue through science-based forest management.

continue reading at source

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Rural counties need a longterm solution as federal program expires (Opinion)

  1. roselakedawn says:

    Great read. When will we get some serious traction though? ??? So many things depend on it. Families build communities, we need to keep them economically healthy and happy in our rural counties. But I guess I am preaching to the choir again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s