American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 logoThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), or Recovery Act, was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. The primary goals of the Recovery Act are to create and retain jobs, and revitalize the economy in the United States.

CSFS Announces Recipients of Economic Stimulus Funds

The Colorado State Forest Service awarded much-needed economic stimulus funds to 16 organizations and businesses that will create or retain more than 200 forestry-related jobs in Colorado between now and Sept. 30, 2011. Some of the jobs will last the entire grant period; others will be seasonal positions that perform on-the-ground work, which can be affected by the weather. Many positions funded by ARRA grants are expected to be sustained beyond the grant period.

Community Wildfire Protection, Forest Restoration, Fuels Mitigation and Forest Industry Projects

The Colorado State Forest Service, an agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, received $10.75 million in stimulus funds to solicit proposals that will create and retain foresty-related jobs in Colorado.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Colorado State Forest Service received a $6.285 million grant that was distributed on a competitive basis to organizations that will create or retain jobs to help implement high-priority forest restoration and fuels mitigation projects. A portion of the funds also will create and retain jobs in Colorado's wood products industries. A second grant for $4.465 million will help fund jobs affiliated with developing and implementing community wildfire protection plans.

Recovery Act Funds Provided to States Through USDA Forest Service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is implementing provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to put Americans back to work and rejuvenate the nation’s economy. The Recovery Act provided USDA with nearly $28 billion in funding. Of that amount, $1.15 billion was allocated to the U.S. Forest Service for project work in forest restoration, hazardous fuels reduction, construction and maintenance of facilities, trails and roads, green energy projects, and grants to states, tribes and private landowners. The U.S. Forest Service then provided funding to states on a competitive basis.