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$3.5 Million Coming To Stanislaus National Forest

Sonora, CA — Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Stanislaus National Forest will be receiving $3,526,000 from the federal government.

According to Public Affairs Officer Jerry Snyder, “The Stanislaus Trails project will use $2,208,000 of the total amount to construct or repair three trails accessible to disabled people at Columns of the Giants, Donnell Vista and San Antonio Creek. The funding will also be used to construct or improve trails at Black Bear Bigelow, Mokelumne Coast to Crest and San Domingo Creek. All these projects are located in either Tuolumne or Calaveras counties.”

Snyder adds, “Forest Facility projects will use the balance ($1,318,000) to retire a deferred maintenance backlog at various recreation sites throughout the Forest, repair the historic Cal Trans Baker Station Road Maintenance site listed with the National Registry of Historic Places and decommission deteriorating buildings at American Camp.”

According to Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski, “These projects will help improve access to Stanislaus National Forest wonders and special places for able and disabled people alike, improve the quality of visits to Forest recreation sites and repair or eliminate deteriorating structures that detract from the beauty of our public lands.”

Written by bill.johnson@mlode.com