Regional
10:39 am
Fri September 11, 2009

NM Forests Get $22M Stimulus

New Mexico – The Forest Service has received $22 million in federal stimulus funds for 38 New Mexico projects.

Regional Forester Corbin Newman says projects have included roads and trails maintenance, recreation facility improvements, watershed restoration, abandoned mine cleanup and hazardous fuel treatments.

The breakdown includes $7.3 million in the Lincoln National Forest, $6.1 million in the Gila National Forest, $2.9 million in the Cibola National Forest, $2.4 million in the Santa Fe National Forest, $2.1 million in the Carson National Forest and $1.1 million for the regional office.

Officials say communities near New Mexico forests are benefiting from job creation and efforts to maintain forest health.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.