Grant Dollars to Fund Forest Work

By Beacon Staff

HELENA — The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says a $1.9 million grant program will create jobs and improve the health of Montana woodlands.

The U.S. Forest Service has approved 10 projects on more than 4,000 acres of state and private land in Lewis and Clark, Flathead, Missoula and Powell counties. Project goals include reducing wildfire fuels and improving forest health.

The Forest Service is providing money and requires matching funds from grant recipients.

State officials expect the work to be completed by Sept. 30.

The money is not part of the stimulus package. State natural resources officials say they’ve asked for stimulus dollars to expand forest management projects.

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