Economic Bailout Helps Forest Service


When President George W. Bush approved a $700 billion economic bailout package Oct. 3, he also signed into effect a $3.3 billion earmark that will directly help the Snoqualmie Ranger District.

The earmark is a renewal of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, which provides funds for improvements to public schools, road maintenance and stewardship projects.

Funding will be divided among 41 states and Puerto Rico over a four-year period from 2008-2011.

….Money from the Secure Rural Schools law is divided into three categories, said Kathy Creahan, manager for the county’s Agriculture and Forestry Program.

Title I money — about 85 percent of funds — is directed toward roads and schools, while Title II money helps the county supply grants for environmental infrastructure in watersheds and ecosystems. Title III money supports programs including search and rescue and Firewise, a program helping rural residents develop fire awareness plans.