SPARKS, Nev. – U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today that as part of the agency’s participation in the nation’s economic recovery program, the Nevada Division of Forestry will receive more than $1.3 million to fund Lincoln County conservation projects. These Nevada projects are part of the initial 10 percent selected for the first round of Forest Service funding.
“This is tremendous news for the State of Nevada,” said Governor Jim Gibbons. “These funds will help create 24 full-time jobs in Nevada and will retain four existing jobs while improving critical range and forest lands. I thank the Forest Service for awarding these dollars and applaud the Nevada Division of Forestry for quickly and successfully securing these competitive funds for Nevada.”
Federal stimulus funds for the projects total $1,314,100.
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Ed Monnig added: “We are prepared to aid the cause of economic recovery by creating jobs. We will work closely with the State of Nevada to implement the projects that were funded.”
Approximately 10 percent of the Forest Service projects created by the American Recovery and Economic Stimulus Act, totaling $98 million, have been selected. These projects will create 1,500 jobs nationwide, giving the agency the early opportunity to put people to work. The remaining 90 percent of projects, totaling $1.052 billion, will be announced shortly and will create an additional 23,500 jobs nationwide.
“In the Intermountain West there are communities in Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming that have been hit hard by job losses,” said U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Harv Forsgren. “These outstanding projects selected for rapid implementation are well configured to put people to work, enhance forest health, improve infrastructure and advance public safety.”
The Lincoln County projects include in part efforts such as forest health and invasive species work at Beaver Dam State Park, erosion control and fuel reduction at Spring Valley and Echo Canyon State Parks, right-of-way fuels reductions for the Nevada Department of Transportation, and defensible space and seeding/spraying work for the community of Pioche.
“These projects will enhance the health of Nevada’s economy and 1,681 acres of forests and rangelands by reducing hazardous fuels and treating invasive plants and diseased trees,” said Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson.
To learn more about this release, please contact Pete Anderson from the Nevada Division of Forestry at 775-684-2500, or Ed Monnig from the Forest Service at 775-355-5304.