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US Forest Service taking back federal funds from states over budget cuts

posted Aug 22, 2013, 5:43 PM by Gary Jones

These are Secure Rural Schools/Forest Reserve funds that were allocated prior to sequestration, yet the USDA is demanding "repayment" of the funds. (Gary)

Collection letters from Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell went out to governors around the country Monday, saying money would be taken from funds used for habitat improvement and other national forest-related projects that put people to work under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

Oregon stands to lose the most in the move, with nearly $4 million in reductions. That would leave the state with about $3.4 million under that program.

California would lose nearly $2.2 million, leaving it with about $1 million for the program. Idaho is set to lose $1.7 million, Montana nearly $1.3 million and Alaska, about $930,000 -- nearly half the total allotment it had been expecting.

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