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Flathead Forest launching series of stimulus projects

From today’s Daily Inter Lake . . .

The Flathead National Forest is launching a series of federal stimulus projects this summer, some of which will cause temporary access changes across the forest.

“We are doing so much improvements that the public is going to like this and appreciate it. They will be very noticeable,” said Denise Germann, the forest’s public affairs officer.

However, Germann said there will be temporary inconveniences at some locations, and that is why the forest is engaged in a outreach effort to inform the public about where construction activity is under way.

“We highly encourage forest users to plan ahead, and visit our website or contact us directly regarding temporary closures and access changes this summer and next,” she said.

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Flathead National Forest to get 13.3 million in stimulus funds

Looks like we are finally getting some hard numbers on stimulus fund spending for the Flathead National Forest — not to mention an actual project list.

From today’s Flathead Beacon . . .

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that more than $228 million in stimulus funds will be used to improve U.S. Forest Service land. Of that, $13.3 million is heading to the Flathead National Forest, according to Forest Supervisor Cathy Barbouletos.

“We are pleased to be able to complete some deferred maintenance and improvements across the forest and facilitate this funding in Flathead County and Northwest Montana,” Barbouletos said in a prepared statement Wednesday.

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Another pile of money for Glacier Park

Besides the general infrastructure money announced a little over a week ago, Glacier National Park is getting $27.6 million in federal stimulus funding for repairs to Going-to-the-Sun Road. It will be used for work on the section between Big Bend and Logan Pass during next year’s construction season.

Yesterday’s Daily Inter Lake had the initial coverage. Today’s Missoulian has a lengthier, more detailed article.

More detail on stimulus funding for Glacier Park

An article in today’s Missoulian and another in the Daily Inter Lake provide more information on the recently announced allocation of federal stimulus money for Glacier National Park. $15.6 million will go toward renovations at Many Glacier Hotel, $1.5 million is for upgrading comfort stations for proper handicap access and around $400,000 will be used for backcountry trail and campground maintenance.

Glacier Park still needs about a gazillion dollars for work on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Any money for that purpose would be funneled through the Federal Highway Administration. No word on that yet.

Glacier National Park to get $17.5 million in stimulus funds

No word on how it will be spent yet, but Glacier National Park is getting $17.5 million for infrastructure work.

Here’s the lead from today’s online edition of the Flathead Beacon . . .

Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced Wednesday that Montana’s national parks will receive $33.2 from the federal stimulus, more than half of which will sent to Glacier National Park.

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Stimulus money discussed; wilderness designation mentioned

There’s sort of an odd article in today’s Daily Interlake reporting on a presentation by Regional Forester Tom Tidwell concerning plans for federal stimulus money in the area’s national forests. Wilderness designation also gets a passing mention, as well a number of other interesting tidbits.

Here’s the lead . . .

A wave of federal stimulus money will hit the ground in national forests soon, and it will be aimed at boosting private sector employment, Regional Forester Tom Tidwell said Monday in Kalispell.

In a meeting with the Inter Lake’s editorial board, Tidwell also discussed the importance of maintaining a Montana timber industry and the potential for wilderness designations in the region.

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