Feds announce $10 million for wildfire projects in 12 states

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View of the wildfires in the First Creek area of Chelan. (Photos by Diana Willoughby)


MARSING, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday toured a massive wildfire rehabilitation effort in southwest Idaho that’s part of the federal government’s new wildfire strategy and then announced $10 million for projects in 12 states to reduce wildfire threats.

The money is part of the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program intended to restore public lands.

Recipients include:

—Southern Utah, which will receive $3.5 million to improve habitat for greater sage grouse.

—About $1 million to protect habitat for Bi-State sage grouse on the Nevada-California border.

—Another $1 million in Colorado and Utah to improve Gunnison sage grouse habitat.

—The Santa Clara Pueblo area in New Mexico will receive $800,000 to protect cliff dwellings and other cultural sites.

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