Cantwell Announces Recovery Funding for Washington Forest Road Maintenance and Ecosystem Restoration
Recovery Package Provides Washington state with funding to improve forest roads and bridges; create jobs
“I applaud the decision to make such a major investment in our national forests,” said Cantwell. “With this investment, we can make roads and bridges safer for visitors, guarantee continued access to forests, and reduce the risk of future damage to roadways. These projects will also benefit our state by creating hundreds of jobs for those in resource dependant communities.”
These projects are slated to receive funding:
Region-wide Road Deferred Maintenance ($9 million) – Improve forest roads in both Washington and Oregon by completing deferred maintenance work on national forest system roads and bridges. Emphasize hazard mitigation, structure replacement, erosion control, drainage system upgrades, and low cost surface drainage systems. Project will be awarded through multiple contracts across the region.
Olympic National Forest: Aquatic Species Passage and Road Decommission ($4.5 million) – Decommission no longer used roads, construct new bridges and re-create natural stream channel conditions for fish at road crossings. This will re-establish several miles of spawning and rearing habit for coho, steelhead and cutthroat trout, as well as protect water quality for surrounding streams.
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