The USDA Forest Service received $2.8 million in funds to support landscape restoration efforts. The projects will allow forest personnel and partners to move forward on plans designed for the Medicine Bow National Forest and nearby lands.

“That is the great thing about this funding, is that it allows us to expediate that process a little bit,” said USDA Forest Service Public Affairs Specialist, Aaron Voos. “Something that may have been in the hopper for ten years, is now something, realistically, that the Forest Service and our partners could fund over the next three years.”

The funds will be available for three years to allow various projects to take place.

Projects will improve water quality, mitigate wildfire risk, improve wildlife habitat and improve the overall ecosystems. Various treatments, such as aspen and shrubland treatments, mechanical and hand fuels and habitat treatments and prescribed burns, alongside land and road rehabilitation will aid in not only addressing problem areas, but will help prevent future natural disasters.