WASHINGTON, July 24 – Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today nearly $3.3 million in federal economic recovery funding for Vermont’s Green Mountain National Forest. This federal support will help create good-paying jobs while preserving Vermont’s natural resources.
The Green Mountain National Forest will receive $1.4 million to address a backlog of trail maintenance projects, $657,000 for work on existing recreation facilities, and $1.2 million to restore two dams that retain Lefferts Pond in the town of Chittenden. The Green Mountain National Forest is partnering with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Green Mountain Club and Vermont Association of Snow Travelers in these projects.
Approximately 40 young adults and professionals will be put to work across the state over the next two years to address the approximately 627 miles of hiking, skiing, biking, equestrian, and snowmobile trails in need of maintenance. The forest service expects to work toward replacing restroom facilities, repairing damage from the August 2008 flooding, and rehabilitating the historic Stratton Mountain caretaker’s cabin and fire tower.