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USDA's Forest Service supports rural schools, roads

The Secure Rural Schools Program offers $238 million to support rural communities.

Compiled by staff

April 19, 2022

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President Biden and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced an investment of more than $238 million to support public schools, roads, and other municipal services. The funds are available through the Secure Rural Schools Program, which will deliver payments to 742 eligible counties in 41 states and Puerto Rico.

The program was reauthorized for fiscal years 2021 through 2023 by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The announcement is one of several being made during the building a better America rural infrastructure tour.

“The Secure Rural Schools program is one of many ways USDA supports rural communities and provides a consistent source of funding in areas near national forests,” Forest Service Chief Randy Moore said. “In addition to funding for schools and counties, the program also reimburses counties for emergency services on national forests and is instrumental in the 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 residents representing varied interests and areas of expertise review and recommend projects that meet their local needs.

Over the past 10 years, the Forest Service has distributed $2.6 billion through the Secure Rural Schools program. This year, states will receive $238 million for distribution to counties. Each state’s payment amount is determined by various factors set in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including the number of counties electing to share in a state's payment.

The FY2021 payments to states are as follows:

  • Alabama: $1,670,594

  • Alaska: $10,837,773

  • Arizona: $10,256,983

  • Arkansas: $6,531,375

  • California: $29,942,287

  • Colorado: $12,607,415

  • Florida: $2,448,362

  • Georgia: $1,345,896

  • Idaho: $23,429,141

  • Illinois: $216,886

  • Indiana: $239,561

  • Kentucky: $1,374,760

  • Louisiana: $1,663,020

  • Maine: $65,287

  • Michigan: $3,148,787

  • Minnesota: $2,182,610

  • Mississippi: $4,788,035

  • Missouri: $3,207,927

  • Montana: $14,382,681

  • Nebraska: $170,796

  • Nevada: $3,495,275

  • New Hampshire: $433,007

  • New Mexico: $9,800,134

  • New York: $18,450

  • North Carolina: $1,583,135

  • North Dakota: $389

  • Ohio: $226,258

  • Oklahoma: $950,528

  • Oregon: $47,971,375

  • Pennsylvania: $2,885,493

  • Puerto Rico: $190,294

  • South Carolina: $1,549,601

  • South Dakota: $1,373,536

  • Tennessee: $1,071,967

  • Texas: $2,141,942

  • Utah: $8,206,677

  • Vermont: $285,596

  • Virginia: $1,484,018

  • Washington: $16,020,514

  • West Virginia: $1,615,891

  • Wisconsin: $1,506,980

  • Wyoming: $5,012,315

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