WENATCHEE, Wash. - Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars have trickled all the way into the national forests of Washington, where the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is using them to catch up on a huge backlog of deferred maintenance projects.
Ten projects will soon be underway in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Gretchen Barkmann, a USFS engineer in Okanogan-Wenatchee, says some of the priorities there are making public campgrounds more accessible and improving water quality for salmon and steelhead.
"We're doing some very good work with this funding. We're definitely happy to have it, because it allows us to get some pretty important work done on the ground."