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Public Input Sought On Forest Service Maintenance Projects

 

Last updated 11/23/2020 at 3:36pm

More money for the forest service can mean more miles of trails free of deadfall, better parking options for all forest users and replacing rotting bridges. (Times Photo by Park Baker)

The Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects selected for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022. The projects shown on the Southern Region website aim to address part of the $5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog across the country, and also improve public access and quality of visitor experience through repair and restoration of roads, trails, bridges, recreation sites and other facilities.

Visit the Southern Region page and view the list of projects at http://www.fs.usda.gov /detail/r8/home/?cid=fseprd796778. The proposed projects were selected based on seven criteria:

•Reducing deferred maintenance;

•Promoting management of America's forests;

•Improving visitor experience;

•Contributing to rural economic development;

•Improving visitor access;

•Ensuring health and safety; and

•Leveraging partner contributions and resources.

Signed into law this summer, the Great American Outdoors Act provides funding that will enable federal land managers to take aggressive steps to address deferred maintenance and other infrastructure projects on national forests and grasslands through 2025. The Forest Service is working closely with all interested people to ensure the selected projects continue to meet local needs and maximize the benefits experienced by millions of Americans who visit and use their national forests and grasslands.

The public has until Nov. 30 to review and provide feedback on the proposed list. For more details on how to submit feedback, visit: http://www.cara.ecosystemmanage ment.org/Public/Comment

Input?project=NP-2651.

Background

The Great American Outdoors Act responds to deferred maintenance on national forests and grasslands, which includes $3.7 billion for roads and bridges and $1.5 billion for visitor centers, campgrounds and other facilities. The Forest Service currently administers more than 370,000 miles of roads, 13,400 bridges, 159,000 miles of trails, 1,700 dams and reservoirs, 1,500 communications sites, 27,000 recreation sites, and 40,000 facilities of other types.

 
 

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