How the stimulus saved N.C. forests
Over $6 million in ARRA funds will help North Carolinia forests.
Sat, Aug 22, 2009 at 3:02 PM
Deforestation in the United States is a hot topic in the environmental world. The economic recovery also is a hot topic in the financial world. So, what do these two worlds have in common? Helping the forests of North Carolina is a priority that these two worlds share. According to a news release on North Carolina's economic recovery website
, over $6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will go towards the forests of North Carolina. The N.C. Division of Forest Resources will devote about $4.6 million to prevent wildfires through forest cleanings and "[reducing] dried vegetation."
Another portion of the project, a $1.7 million, will be devoted to restoring portions of North Carolina's longleaf pine tree forests. Within North Carolina and other portions of the Southeast, there have been ongoing efforts to restore longleaf pine forests. The N.C. Division of Forest Resources is launching an ambitious campaign, using ARRA funds, to restore longleaf pine forests to the flora of North Carolina.
Other funds will be devoted to educational opportunities for professionals, educational materials and workshops dedicated to longleaf pine forest education.
Photo: Bill Gracey on the road/Flickr
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