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$22 Million in Stimulus Money for U.S. Forest Service Projects in N.M.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Funds paying for projects at Carson, Cibola, Gila, Lincoln and Santa Fe national forests

A U.S. Forest Service official says federal stimulus money is funding 38 projects costing more than $22 million on Forest Service land in New Mexico.

Corbin Newman, regional forester for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service, said in a news release Thursday that the work includes roads and trails maintenance and decommissioning, recreation facility improvements, watershed restoration, abandoned mine cleanup and hazardous fuel treatments.

He said the participation in the federal government’s stimulus effort “will restore forests and grasslands, reduce wildlife risks, develop wood to energy technology and improve our public facilities while providing private sector jobs.”

According to the news release, the number of approved projects and money for each national forest in New Mexico:

  • Carson National Forest, 9 projects, $2,192,000
  • Cibola National Forest, 4 projects, $2,945,000
  • Gila National Forest, 11 projects, $6,158,000
  • Lincoln National Forest, 7 projects, $7,339,000
  • Santa Fe National Forest, 6 projects, $2,417,000
  • Regional Office, 1 project, $1,100,000