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Conservation Money Comes Through For One More Year

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Three hundred million dollars is coming down the pipe at least one more time thanks to the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act.

It got the green light for just one more year and Montana is getting more than $21.3 million from it.

Of that, the Flathead National Forest is getting almost a quarter of a million dollars.

All of those dollars will go toward keeping up trails, managing the dust on unpaved roads, and weed control.

Unfortunately, there's no way to know when, or even if, this money will come down again next year.

"There are some counties right now that are struggling because the reauthorization and the funding came very late in the game. They're not in a position right now to actually fund projects. We don't want to be in that same situation," said Wade Muehlhof, a spokesman for the Flathead National Forest.

That's why they're looking for people now to help decide what to do with this money if it's available next year. The Resource Advisory Committee seats fifteen people. You can call 406.758.5252 to learn more.

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