Wyoming Forests Get $4.1M Federal Payout

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December 8, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Wyoming counties will get an estimated $4.1 million over the next year under a federal law that reimburses them for lost timber revenue from national forest lands, the Associated Press reported.

This will be the last year of funding under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Determination Act unless Congress reauthorizes the law.

The law will allocate $325 million nationwide in the coming year, out of $1.6 billion since the law was renewed in 2008.

In Wyoming, much of the funding will be used for projects within national forests. Such projects can include improving trails and campgrounds, restoring streams and improving wildlife habitat.

Congress passed the law in 2000 to help communities adjust to declining revenue as a result of reduced logging in national forests.

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