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05-04-2009, 04:21 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009, 1:15pm MDT | Modified: Monday, May 4, 2009, 1:16pm

BLM in Colorado to get $21M from stimulus

Denver Business Journal - by Mark Harden (http://www.bizjournals.com/search/results.html?Ntt=%22Mark%20Harden%22&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode matchallpartial)


The federal [URL="http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/gen/Bureau_of_Land_Management_CA5CF7ECEF204D29BCB32C028C788C9C.html"]Bureau of Land Management (http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2009/05/04/daily7.html?ed=2009-05-04&ana=e_du_pap#comment)’s Colorado division said Monday it will receive $20,735,000 for 103 improvement projects in the state from the federal stimulus program. The fund coming to BLM in Colorado are part of an allocation of $305 million to the land-management agency nationwide under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
“Through these economic recovery investments, we are also making a down payment on restoring and protecting the stunning landscapes that BLM manages on behalf of the American people,” said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, whose department oversees BLM, in a statement Monday.

“We will conserve habitat, restore watersheds, clean up abandoned mine sites and wells, and build a legacy of stewardship of which we can be proud,” said Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado and a former Colorado attorney general.

BLM manages 8.35 million acres in Colorado, much of it on the Western Slope. It lands are used for recreation, energy development, ranching and preservation of archeological relics, among other purposes.

In Colorado, the BLM projects to be funded include $5,972,000 for 17 capital-improvement projects, many of them involving solar energy. The capital projects range from replacing the roof and installing a solar-power system at the Anasazi Heritage Center museum in Dolores to campground construction at Zapata Falls near the Great Sand Dunes.

Also included in the stimulus allocation are $4,406,000 for deferred maintenance, $2,996,000 for habitat rehabilitation and $1.138 for work at abandoned mines.

Click here for more information on the grant (http://recovery.doi.gov/press/bureaus/bureau-of-land-management/).