National Forest_Dependent Rural Communities

Provide accelerated assistance to rural communities faced with acute economic problems associated with Federal, State or private sector resource management decisions and policies and that are located in or near a national forest and are economically dependent upon forest resources.

Aid is extended
to these rural communities to help them develop strategic action plans to diversify their economic base and to improve the economic, social, and environmental well-being of rural areas.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Training and placing out-of-work loggers into environmental restoration jobs in northern California, Oregon and Washington.

Developing and implementing an ecosystem management plan which includes commercial opportunities for utilizing small diameter, second-growth pine in Montezuma, Delores, and La Plata counties in southwestern Colorado.

Strategic planning resulting in maintaining the rural character, yet enhancing social and economic benefits of community change in Wakulla County, Florida.

Local development and construction of a riverfront park in Libby, Montana.

Establishment of the Forest Technology and Training Institute in Clallum County, Washington.

Increasing awareness and development of non-farm industries in the historically agriculturally based area around Rust College, Mississippi, with a special emphasis on recreation and tourism opportunities as well as value-added forest products.

Ecotourism training and small business management in Newton County, Arkansas.

Establishing state-of-the-art computer technology in Wasatch County, Utah, to help revise the master plan.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - Refer to Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional and Area State and Private Forestry offices of the Forest Service and for addresses and telephone numbers of Regional Foresters and Area Director of the Forest Service.