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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Oregon / Washington

Official Secure Rural Schools Payments Made to Counties

In April 2015, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act was reauthorized as a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-10). The new language in the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension locked-in the allocation elections made by counties for Fiscal Year 2013 for two fiscal years. The deadline to initiate a Title II or Title III project has been extended to September 30, 2017, and the deadline to obligate Title II or Title III funds has been extended to September 30, 2018.

The funding includes approximately $35.5 million in monies for Fiscal Year 2015. The $35.5 million figure is the sum of all titles paid to both Oregon and California (O&C) and Coos Bay Wagon Road counties. Of this amount approximately $3 million is available under Title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. These funds can be used to implement special restoration projects on Federal lands approved by resource advisory committees.

Over the years, Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act projects have provided trail maintenance, culvert replacement or removal, soil improvement, vegetation/density management, wildfire hazard reduction, stream channel enhancement, control of noxious and exotic weeds, and opportunities for youth training and employment.

Payment Charts

2014 O&C and Coos Bay Wagon Road Receipt Payments

2015 O&C and Coos Bay Wagon Road Receipt Payments

In 2015, because the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act has not been reauthorized the, the BLM will be making payments under existing legal authorities, including the 1937 (O&C Lands Act) and the 1939 (Coos Bay Wagon Road) statues that remain in effect and authorize timber receipt-based payments to western Oregon counties.

The O&C Lands Act provides that 50 percent of receipts from the sale of O&C timber are distributed among the 18 O&C counties. The 18 O&C counties in western Oregon covered under the 1937 Oregon and California Grant Lands statute, including: Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill. Coos and Douglas counties have Coos Bay Wagon Road (CBWR) and O&C lands within their boundaries. Payments to those counties are covered by both the 1937 and 1939 statutes.

Because the receipt payments come from the BLM's mandatory accounts these 2014 payments in made in 2015 will be subject to sequester at 7.3 percent. The 18 O&C counties will receive approximately $18,000,344.15.

Below is a county-by-county breakdown of the 2014 receipt-based payments:

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