Congressman Greg Walden

Representing the 2nd District of Oregon

Greg Walden applauds $14 million in Secure Rural Schools payments for Oregon

May 7, 2018
Press Release

Greg Walden applauds $14 million in Secure Rural Schools payments for Oregon

  Program provides important resources for county services in rural Oregon 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) today applauded the announcement of $14 million Oregon will receive from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) through the Secure Rural Schools Program. The funding will be issued to 18 counties in Oregon eligible under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension. The BLM manages the Secure Rural Schools program in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, which still must issue its payment. 

“This announcement is welcome news for Oregon counties who rely on these funds to provide essential services like schools, infrastructure, and law enforcement,” said Walden. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to secure two years of full funding for the Secure Rural Schools program to support our rural forested communities, and I applaud Secretary Zinke and the Trump Administration for promptly issuing these payments. While this safety-net funding is important and needed, there is much more work to be done to reform federal forest policy, put people back to work in our woods, and provide sustainable revenue to support local services. I will continue working alongside my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to find long-term solutions to ensure Oregon’s rural communities have the resources they need to succeed.”

This announcement comes as Walden recently secured a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program. The Secure Rural Schools program provides important resources to support Oregon’s rural forested communities, which is a priority for Walden.

Along with a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program, Walden also helped secure additional reforms to forest management in the government funding measure that was signed into law in March, including new tools to address wildfire resilience and hazardous fuels reductions and a 10-year fix to fire borrowing. 

For more information on today’s announcement from the Department of Interior, please click here.