Loss Of Federal Timber Payments Hit Idaho Harder Than Most States

Mar 11, 2015

Explore the interactive map below.

Idaho is among five U.S. states losing the largest amount of federal timber payments aimed at rural counties and school districts.

Congress let the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act expire in the fall of 2014, leaving Idaho counties and school districts with $26 million less than expected.

Idaho counties will bear the brunt of this loss. Seventy percent of Secure Rural Schools money goes to counties for things like road maintenance. Thirty percent goes to school districts.

Ten states will lose 90 percent of the Secure Rural Schools money it anticipated. These 10 states are ranked by dollars lost.

  1. Oregon,$61.9 million
  2. California, $26.9 million
  3. Idaho, $26.2 million
  4. Washington, $19.4 million
  5. Montana, $19.2 million
  6. Alaska, $13.7 million
  7. Arizona, $13.5 million
  8. Utah, $9.9 million
  9. New Mexico, $9.7 million
  10. Colorado, $8.3 million

Click around the map to see how much each state is losing in Secure Rural Schools money.

Data: U.S. Forest Service, Map: Emilie Ritter Saunders

Click here to explore a county-by-county map showing Secure Rural Schools losses in Idaho. And click here to learn how this loss of money is affecting one rural Idaho school district.

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