Intro: Washington has received seven million dollars allocated by Congress for forest road and trail repairs on public lands. Construction crews will replace culverts, decommission old logging roads, and stop sediment from piling into creeks that otherwise would be good fish habitat. Mike Anderson with The Wilderness Society says this maintenance has been put off for years due to lack of funding...and now, getting it done also means jobs.
|Cut 275098 :15 "We’re hearing from contractors who have been able to actually increase the number of staff in some of the most hard-hit rural areas of the state. So, it is definitely a real boost for some of the economies in the rural areas, as well as for improving our environment."|
Suggested Tag: Anderson says Congressman Norm Dicks was responsible for increasing the national total of road and trail money, from 50-million to 90-million dollars. Lack of stable funding in past years has made it tough for the Forest Service to plan the projects and complete them. This month, the money is being distributed to the national forests around the state, to get the work done.
Alternate Cut: Mike Anderson with The Wilderness Society says the Olympic National Forest is getting one of the largest amounts in the country, almost three million dollars, for work on the Skokomish watershed. It's the largest source of fresh water to the Hood Canal, and needs some major maintenance.
|Cut 285098 :16 "We’re expecting to see good results – both improving the water quality, and also starting to deal with the serious flooding problem on the Skokomish, which has been caused by just decades of landslides and too much erosion coming off of the logging roads up in the national forestlands."|