Did you know that IN LIEU OF YEARLY LAND TAXES, your refuge pays local counties at a rate NEARLY TWICE the amount collected from private landowners?
A portion of timber sales is shared with local communities under its "Revenue Sharing program." For 2016, the refuge PAID the following amounts to our local counties that had refuge lands within their borders:
Arkansas County - $126,167!
Desha County received: $49,373,
Monroe County -$150,588.
These funds are paid DIRECTLY TO COUNTIES for much needed school funding and other needs.
How's THAT for being a good neighbor to our county schools?