ARRA Success Stories

Stanislaus National Forest Facilities Reopen After Recovery Act Funded Improvements

July 21, 2011

"We're very excited to announce the reopening of some of our most popular recreation sites. Recovery Act funding provided an outstanding opportunity to create jobs, improve public recreation sites, install additional safety features and increase access for the disabled to some of the most beautiful scenery in the country," said Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski.

Los Padres Takes Steps to Enhance Safety for Bats and Visitors

June 10, 2011

Using funds allocated under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, Los Padres National Forest accomplished critical safety closures recently at two abandoned mine locations on the Forest that posed a risk to visitors. The two sites on the Santa Lucia Ranger District represented two distinct challenges for the Forest.

Los Padres Breaks Ground on New Monterey District Office

June 6, 2011

Under a sparkling morning sky, residents of King City gathered along with elected officials and a throng of singing schoolchildren to break ground for the Los Padres National Forest's new Monterey District Office. Funded through the 2009 Recovery Act, this $4 million project will employ local subcontractors, inject spending in community businesses, and replace a 1930s-era office with a Silver LEED certified building.

Los Padres Wilderness Trails Spring Back to Life

March 30, 2011

Visitors to Los Padres National Forest are noticing widespread wilderness trail improvements thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) that funded additional project work across the Forest. Nearly $2.3 million was allocated to the Forest for wilderness trail rehabilitation and maintenance which was divided among the five ranger districts.

Recovery Act Funds Help Restore Winter Recreation Areas

Feb 1, 2011

Snow play and snowmobile parking areas on the Lassen are a lot more user-friendly this winter thanks to work completed this past summer with funding provided by the Recovery Act. These funds made it possible to catch up on maintenance projects that had previously been underfunded. The funds paid for chip sealing of the parking lots, ridding the areas of large cracks and potholes that in past years had plagued visitors to the winter recreation facilities.

Quality of Economic Recovery Work “Second to None”

December 17, 2010

A series of road paving projects was completed on the Los Padres National Forest thanks to funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Existing roads, fire stations, and campgrounds were all improved under the additional funding through the use of contractors.

Klamath National Forest ARRA Success Story

October 8, 2010

The Klamath National Forest applied for and was granted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to improve Forest facilities and to increase recreation opportunities for the public. As a result, local youth crews and contractors have been working hard on projects across the Forest. These projects include: reconstructing several miles of dirt roads to reduce future maintenance needs and potential sediment run-off, upgrading two road stream crossings to remove fish passage barriers and handle higher water flows, rehabilitating older road pavement, replacing substandard fire aviation facilities, and reconstructing and maintaining recreation sites and trails.

Green Jobs: Giving Youth a Second Chance

September 10, 2010

Thanks to funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to improve facilities, Sierra National Forest Engineer Dean Gould asked the Central California Consortium (CCC) Director, Jim Oftedal, to identify a partner who could provide local jobs to complete the projects. Jim contacted the Fresno Economic Opportunity Commission, a long time partner. Their Local Conservation Corps agreed to take on the projects which began May 3 and will be completed by September 30, 2011.

High Schools Students Spend Summer Building Trails in the Wilderness

September 10, 2010

The Student Conservation Association, in partnership with the Forest Service, hired local high school students to repair trails in Granite Chief Wilderness in the Tahoe National Forest. The 5–person crew (and 2 leaders) spent two months pulling crosscut saws, brushing, building trail structures, cleaning drainages, hardening stream crossings and replacing signs; all the while living in the Wilderness.

Historic Facility Being Renovated Thanks to ARRA Funding

August 26, 2010

On August 19th the Stanislaus National Forest and their partner, Yosemite Community College District (YCCD) showcased renovations to buildings on the historic Baker Station facility with funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The YCCD uses the site to house their High Sierra Institute program.

Spanish Broom Control Project Begins August 16

August 9, 2010

The San Bernardino National Forest has awarded contracts to remove Spanish Broom along State Route 18 between Crestline and San Bernardino to create jobs and improve safety for the motoring public. Spanish Broom is a hardy invasive shrub, which can grow up to 15 feet tall. The $508,000-dollar project is part of the USDA's role in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

ARRA Funds Temporary Jobs to Create American Disabilities Act Trails

July 22, 2010

The Forest Service's Regional Blaster Reggie Bowdler moves from site to site at the Donnell Vista viewpoint in the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest. Bowdler, a master blaster, leads a crew during the handling of explosives. The seven member trail crew set the charges, according to Bowdlers' plans, at seven sites to break up the rock and boulders for the construction of an American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant trail.

Recovery Act Work is “Awesome” for CCC Crew Members on the Stanislaus National Forest

June 18, 2010

Fourteen members of the California Conservation Crew (CCC) have been constructing 8.1 miles of trails and rehabilitating 1.2 miles of existing trails in San Domingo Canyon on the Stanislaus National Forest. The crew members, including two women, were hired with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project funds. The CCC organization provides an opportunity for young people in tough situations to gain significant workplace skills making them better able to compete in today's job market.

Chumash Tribe Teams Up with Los Padres NF on ARRA Project

May 21, 2010

As a result of this ARRA funded project, 12 firefighters from the Chumash Fire Department were employed over the course of the project, creating jobs and injecting vital capital into the local economy. Using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, the Los Padres National Forest contracted with the Chumash Tribe's fire department to implement a critical hazardous fuels reduction project along the Camino Cielo at Santa Ynez peak.

Perazzo Meadows Restoration on Tahoe National Forest

October 6, 2009

Perazzo Meadows, on the eastside of the Tahoe National Forest, is undergoing restoration after 100 years of deterioration caused by possible dairy operations at the turn of the century. This project has been in the planning stages for many years as a partnership between the Forest Service, the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) and the Truckee Donner Land Trust. ARRA funds to both the Forest Service and the TRWC were used to begin the implementation of the work in August, 2009. Work building mini earthen barriers on a stretch of the upper meadow was contracted to Hat Creek Construction, which completed this project in 6 weeks—2 weeks ahead of schedule. This will help raise the water table 3 feet or more, enhancing the health of the meadow and the habitat for various species of wildlife. Similar work is proposed for the middle meadow next field season.

Florence Lake Trail Maintenance Project

June 24, 2009

Through funding from ARRA, The Sierra National Forest Service has partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to create jobs that focus on repairing and maintaining backcountry trails. The first job the crew took on was to work on the Jackass Interpretative Trail. The trail was constructed in the mid–1990s and provided accessible opportunities for interpretation but the boardwalk had suffered from the effects of weather, time and falling trees. The crew repaired the boardwalk, removed fallen trees and cleared brush and vegetation. Through their efforts the public can once again enjoy this scenic and informative trail.

Jobs Partnership and Community Wildfire Protection Project

March 24, 2009

Jobs, partnerships and defensible space were all accomplished in this project on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Over $950,000 was spent from economic stimulus funding to thin trees, brush and grass in and adjacent to developed recreation sites, trails, roads and Forest Service facilities. About 980 acres and 45 different sites were thinned in Shasta, Trinity, and Siskiyou counties by the California Conservation Corps and contracted crews. The project improved public access to popular recreation destinations on the Forest and may reduce the risk of an uncharacteristic wildfire to rural communities and infrastructure. The entire project employed nearly 250 wage-earning people.

Roadside Brushing Project

March 16, 2009

One of the two 10% projects funded on the Sierra National Forest was a roadside brushing contract for national forest roads in Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa counties. Project work began on March 16, 2009 and was completed on August 27, 2009. A total of 144 miles of Roadside Brushing was completed, using 14 to 30 crew members (hired from the local communities) during the term of the project. The efforts of the road crew have provided for a more scenic, safe and a better maintained Forest Service Road system for visitors to the Sierra National Forest.

Dripping Springs Campground Project

March 16, 2009

The Cleveland National Forest is proud to be the first national forest in the nation to implement an ARRA project—the re–paving of Dripping Springs Campground. On the Cleveland National Forest, road paving projects were selected for immediate implementation on Forest lands in San Diego and Riverside Counties. As the Forest receives many recreational users, safe and efficient access to our public lands is considered critical. The pre–paving of Dripping Springs Campground gave a much needed face lift to a Forest facility that is only 4 miles out of town of a major metropolitan area in Riverside County. “Many of our road maintenance and improvement projects have been deferred over the past several years due to a lack of funding,” said Will Metz, Cleveland National Forest Supervisor, “We are very pleased to be selected as one of the first group of Forest Service projects to receive funding.”