Reid announces millions to fight Nevada wildfires |

Reid announces millions to fight Nevada wildfires

CARSON CITY, Nev. “-Nevada Sen. Harry Reid Wednesday announced major funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will be dedicated to preventing and fighting wildfires in Nevada.

More than $11 million will go to reduction of hazardous fuels, waterway stabilization and restoration of burned areas, officials said.

“Millions of acres have burned in Nevada during recent years,” said Reid in a press statement. “I am pleased that the economic recovery package will help create jobs in restoring Nevada’s burned areas and preventing further wildfires. As we observe Wildfire Awareness Week, it is imperative for each of us to focus on what we can do as land managers, ranchers, land owners, Nevadans, and in my case, elected officials to prevent, fight, and properly manage wildfires.”

Hazardous fuels activities include reducing the volume of hazardous fuels on federal forests and grasslands and on lands owned by states, local governments, private organizations, and individual land owners through financial assistance and partnership agreements.

Ecosystem improvement activities include thinning, removal of competing vegetation, planting native species, and constructing new stream channels and ponds, officials said.

Nevada projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Nevada projects include:

” Nevada Invasive Fuels Eradication in Washoe and Lyon Counties- $2,243,000

” Restoration from the 2007 Hawken Fire – $718,000

” Carson River Stream bank Stabilization – $628,000

” Restoration from the 2006 Peavine Fire- $583,000

” Washoe County Open Space Fuels Reduction-$249,000

” Pepperweed Control and Fuels Reduction- $763,000.00

” Restoration from the Belli Fire- $538,000

” Restoration from the Rancho Haven/Red Rock Fire- $449,000

” Restoration from the Arrowcreek and Skinner Fires- $1,077,000

” Truckee River Riparian Fuels Reduction- $269,000

” Nevada Urban Forest Revitalization- $314,000.00

” An additional $3.9 million will be spent on projects that benefit both Nevada and California.

Information on other Forest Service ARRA projects and related economic recovery can be found at: recovery.

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