Saturday, January 21, 2012

Just in from Washington

Forest Service Grants $52.2M to Protect Working Forests

Washington--The U.S. Forest Service is granting $52.2 million for 17 conservation and working lands projects across the U.S. in 2012. The Forest Legacy Program has protected 2.2 million acres through public-private partnership using federal and leveraged funds of more than $562 million.

The program works with private landowners, states and conservation groups to promote sustainable, working forests. According to the service, Forest Legacy is an important component of the America’s Great Outdoors initiative’s goal of conserving rural working farms, ranches and forests by accelerating locally driven landscape conservation priorities.

“The Forest Legacy Program helps keep working forests working across the country,” said Chief Tom Tidwell. “These projects will support rural economies and American jobs while protecting some of our most beautiful landscapes for our children and grandchildren.”

USDA Forest Service news release

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