Conserving the Nature of America
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces 59 Projects in the Pacific Southwest Region under President’s Economic Recovery Plan

April 27, 2009


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Sacramento, CAFrom California’s Central Valley to the high desert of Nevada and the Klamath Basin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will undertake 59 construction, energy efficiency, habitat restoration and other improvement projects at national wildlife refuges, fish hatcheries and other public and private lands to create jobs and ensure our nation’s fish and wildlife resources, treasured landscapes, and rich heritage are conserved for future generations, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today.

These projects total approximately $26.8 million for improvements within the Pacific Southwest.

Funding for these projects and hundreds more across the nation comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Of the $3 billion appropriated to the Department of the Interior, the Act provides $280 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – which includes $17.82 million for construction, repair and energy efficiency retrofit projects at Service facilities, and $7.15 million for habitat restoration, deferred maintenance and capital improvement projects.

The Service will benefit from an additional $10 million, which is administered by the Department of Transportation and is not included in the Service’s $280 million appropriation that will be used to rebuild and improve roads on several national wildlife refuges. Projects will immediately create local jobs in the communities where they are located, while stimulating long-term employment and economic opportunities for the American public.

“These projects are an investment in America’s future that will help get our country moving again,” Salazar said. “They will enable us to preserve our rich history and natural heritage by conserving and restoring awe-inspiring landscapes, important historic sites and crucial wildlife habitat.” The $26.8 million announced today for the Pacific Southwest Region will go to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projects including:
  • Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior’s economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on the recovery web site, which will include an interactive map that enables the public to track where and how the Department’s recovery dollars are being spent. In addition, the public can submit questions, comments or concerns at
  • Secretary Salazar also has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force. Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior’s Inspector General to ensure the Recovery Program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency that President Obama has set.

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