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Environment / Sustainability

ARRA grants create forestry-related jobs

May 9, 2010

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants awarded to the Colorado State Forest Service in 2009 are financing forest-related jobs and making positive impacts on Colorado's non-federal forested land.

Sic projects start in May or June

Through a competitive process, the ARRA funds were sub-awarded to 15 Colorado businesses/entities for forest-related projects. Eight projects are currently active, one project was completed in February, and the remaining six projects will start in May or June.

During the first three months of 2010, 164 jobs were tied to the ARRA funds allocated by CSFS, an average of more than 18 full or part-time jobs for each active project.

New and retained jobs

The new or retained jobs generate accomplishments on the ground. Fire mitigation work is providing better protection to forested subdivisions and watersheds critical to municipalities, Community Wildfire Protection Plans are being drafted or finalized, and forest products manufacturers are weathering the housing market slump. Project work completed during the winter equated to 115 acres.

Specific ARRA project information is available at or contact Kathryn Hardgrave, ARRA outreach coordinator at

Contact: Kathryn Hardgrave
Phone: (970) 217-6850