Idaho County will be receiving $6.250 million in federal payments, down 3.8 percent from year prior, through the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS).
Administered through the U.S. Forest Service, SRS payments are used to support public schools and roads, for forest health projects and other county needs such as wildfire mitigation plans and search and rescue.
Announced this month, Idaho County’s payment is based on a total 4,439,486 national forest acres at a $1.41 average payment per acre (APA). Of the six national forests within the county’s jurisdiction, the Nez Perce Forest comprises the largest acreage share: 2,223,586 acres that provided $3.130 million of the county’s total SRS payment.
For the State of Idaho overall, this year’s SRS payment is $23.470 million based on a total 20,396,578 acres.
Neighboring counties SRS payments for comparison:
Adams: 506,752 acres, $668,980, $1.32 APA
Clearwater: 800,986 acres, $1.117 million, $1.40 APA
Lewis: nine acres, $5.55, $0.62 APA
Valley: 2,035,445 acres, $1.767 million, $0.87 APA