Forest Service Invests in Rural Communities

The USDA’s Forest Service announced it’s issuing more than $232 million to support public schools, roads, and other municipal services through the agency’s Secure Rural Schools Program. As the agency invests in ways for forests to generate more economic opportunities in rural areas, it also aims to support the quality of life in those communities.

“National forests and grasslands cover more than 193 million acres, including across rural counties that are important partners in helping sustainably manage resources,” says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The Secure Rural Schools program is able to contribute to the economic vitality and well-being of the communities intertwined with our forests.”

Forest Service Chief Randy Moore says the Secure Rural Schools Program is just one of the ways the Forest Service supports communities nationwide. “This funding aids schools and roads, reimburses counties for national forest emergency services, and assists in creating community wildfire protection plans,” Moore says.