For Immediate Release
May 5, 2009
DNR projects receive stimulus funding
Fire prevention projects targeted in six counties
OLYMPIA – The United States Forest Service (USFS) today announced that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will receive $2.5 million in stimulus funding for projects submitted by DNR.
The DNR will use the funds for wildfire prevention by assisting private landowners with thinning and removing small trees, brush and other fuels for wildfires.
The projects, spread among communities in Columbia, Ferry, Klickitat, Pierce, Skamania and Stevens Counties, will be conducted with a combination of private contractors and state crews, creating an estimated 200 jobs.
“These projects will not only create jobs, but they will also help to reduce the risk of costly fires in these areas in the future,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark.
Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“stimulus” bill), the USFS received $1.2 billion dollars for “shovel-ready,” job-creating forestry projects. Of this sum, $250 million was allocated to projects on state and private forestlands, and $50 million for biomass-to-energy grants. This announcement marks the award of 25 percent of the total funding appropriated to the Forest Service. Decisions on an initial ten percent of the funds were made in March.
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