November 16, 2021

Neguse Delivers Millions for Colorado Rural Schools Through Program Extension

Two year Secure Rural Schools reauthorization signed into law 

Washington, D.C. — On Monday, Congressman Joe Neguse’s proposal to reauthorize the U.S. Forest Service’s Secure Rural Schools and Self-Determination Program (SRS) through 2023 was signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The SRS was first signed into law in 2000 to assist counties in rural areas with resources for essential services. Mountain counties across the 2nd District benefit significantly from the program. In 2020, Grand County received over $1.5 million for the program, Summit County received over $800,000, Eagle received over $700,000, with Clear Creek, Park, Larimer, Boulder and Gilpin Counties also receiving significant funding.  

“For our mountain communities, funds from the Secure Rural Schools program are vital,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “These funds mean access to quality supplies, up-to-date materials, and upkeep for building safety. We are proud to have our bill to fund this critical program enacted into law once again, and will continue advocating for Colorado’s mountain schools, our students, and access to education.”

The extension of the SRS back in 2019, which the Congressman also introduced, was one of the nine bills he enacted during his first time in Congress. With another 2-year reauthorization of this program being enacted into law, the SRS funding will be extended through 2023.

Congressman Neguse’s proposal to formalize the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership was also signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act yesterday.