Environment
2:48 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Forest Service Payments

Projects to improve roads and forest trails in rural Kentucky counties are facing their last round of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency announced Friday that more than $307 million will be distributed to states with national forest lands, marking the final payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. Kentucky, which is home to Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Daniel Boone National Forest, will get a final check for $1.8 million.

“For these counties when it comes to road improvement needs and just improvements that will enhance some of their tourist attractions in their local community, it’s definitely an important sum of money for them.”

That’s Daniel Boone forest spokeswoman Kimberly Morgan. The SRS Act has an even bigger impact for states in the Northwest United States: Oregon will receive more than $64 million this year from the program. That funding will come to an end unless Congress reauthorizes the legislation.