14 Mar 2009, 12:40am
Federal forest policy
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USFS Regions 2 and 4 Announce 1st Round Stimulus Projects

We have posted first round Stimulus announcements from USFS Regions 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10. Two other Regions have now also made announcements about Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) projects.

The Rocky Mountain Region 2 (17 national forests and 7 national grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming) announced funding for projects totaling $5.6 million [here]. The Arapaho–Roosevelt, Medicine Bow–Routt, and Pike–San Isabel NF’s will undertake hazard tree removal projects, especially those areas hardest hit by the bark beetle infestation. In addition about $500,000 will go to the Colorado Youth Conservation Corps to employ up to four 10-person teams of young adults to clear beetle–killed trees in campgrounds, picnic areas and trailheads and along hiking trails on the Routt National Forest. Also 20 restroom facilities will be replaced on the Pike–San Isabel NF.

The Intermountain Region 4 (12 national forests in Idaho, Utah, and Nevada) announced that $1.3 million will be spent on the Humboldt-Toiyabe NF [here]. Eradication of invasive and introduced species on 5 acres, thinning of hazardous fuels and competing vegetation on 25 acres, tamarisk abatement on 29 acres, juniper pocket rot treatment on 400 acres, tree planting on 20 acres, reseeding of 150 acres, fuel reduction on 30 acres, roadside fuel removal on 849 acres, and creating fuel breaks on 25 acres will provide 24 full-time jobs in Nevada and will retain four existing jobs.



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