An ARRA contract helps an electrician get his business off the ground while doing a much needed wiring upgrade for BLM Field offices in Cottonwood Idaho.
The Bureau of Land Management announced $305 million to fund more than 650 projects across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The investments will restore landscapes and habitat, spur renewable energy development on public lands, and create jobs.
- Ecoregional Assessments: Landscape-Level Studies Will Help Protect High-Value Lands
- Habitat Restoration: “Seeds of Success” Program Preserves Native Seed for Many Uses
- Records Update: BLM Helps Pave the Road to Energy Independence
- Renewable Energy: Solar Energy Studies Accelerated With Increased Funding
|Fact sheets on 22 BLM sites describe cleanups of wells in Alaska, protection of threatened habitat in California, improvements in recreation and historic sites in New Mexico, and other projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.|
- Red Devil Mine: Ongoing Cleanup Gets a Boost in the Far North
- Drew Point: Threat of Well Contamination Eliminated on Fragile Alaskan Coast
- Statewide: Study Examines Disturbed Lands as Possible Energy Sites
- Hells Canyon: Putting Money and Youth to Work in a BLM Arizona Wilderness Area
- Kingman: Youth Crews Improve Trails in Western Arizona
- Vulture Mountains: Public is Safer After Abandoned Mines are Backfilled
- Arizon Strip: BLM and Equestrian Group Enhance Recreation Site
- Mine & Mercy Creeks: Habitat for Threatened Frog is Protected in California
- Poppet Flat: Fuels Reduction Project Helps Protect California Community
- Southwestern Colorado: Reforestation Improves Habitat
- Grand Junction: Fire Management Unit Installs New Solar Capacity at Air Center
- War Eagle Mine: Closures Protect Bats, Enhance Safety at 21 Locations
- Statewide: Fence Projects Benefit Wildlife, Local Businesses
- Coeur d’Alene: BLM Improves Numerous Recreation Sites in Northern Idaho
- Pryor Mountains: New Bridge Improves Public Safety and Access
- Judith Mountains: Road Provides Access for Work to Protect Habitat, Communities
- Clark County: Hazards Eliminated on Hundreds of Abandoned Mines in Nevada
- Elko: Mine Remediation Improves Habitat for Fish, Wildlife
- Tuscarora: Restoration Willl Benefit Sage-Grouse in Northeastern Nevada
- Farmington: BLM District Office Goes Green with New Building
- Sandoval County: Multiple Projects Benefit Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks Monument
- Roseburg: Quarries Supply Gravel to Repair Popular Roads
- Prineville: Popular Receation Sites Get New and Improved Trails
- Kanab: New Buildling Will Model Innovative Conservation Measures
- Bumblebee Ridge: New Harmony, Other Communities, Protected by New Fuel Breaks
- Fillmore: Green is “Gold” in the BLM’s New Office Building
Bureau of Land Management investments include the following types of projects:
One of the President’s specific goals in implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is supporting the renewable energy industry and providing capital over the next three years to eventually double domestic renewable energy capacity. Aiding in our nation’s move toward a clean energy economy, the Bureau of Land Management will expedite the processing and permitting of environmentally-responsible renewable energy development on the National System of Public Lands.
With funding received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Bureau of Land Management will address abandoned mine land and abandoned well projects. Most of the abandoned mine land projects were selected for ARRA funding because of physical safety hazards and their close proximity to public places and high-use areas such as trails, designated off-highway vehicle areas, and picnic areas.
The Bureau of Land Management will use a portion of funds from the ARRA to restore and protect habitats supporting at-risk plant and animal communities in the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System. Other special BLM areas, such as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, Special Recreation Management Areas, Wildland Urban Interface areas, and riparian areas on other BLM-managed public lands will also receive ARRA funding for important restoration work. Riparian-wetlands play a prominent role in ensuring a life-sustaining and precious supply of water, acting as key indicators of watershed health.
The Bureau of Land Management maintains over 40,000 miles of roads, 850 bridges, and thousands of miles of trails on the National System of Public Lands. This includes over 18,000 miles of scenic, historic, and recreational trails. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds will be used to fund BLM road, bridge, and trail projects that improve the infrastructure and enhance recreation experiences on the National System of Public Lands. These projects will also provide safer transportation routes for BLM personnel and visitors to the public lands.
The Bureau of Land Management maintains many structural facilities to support visitors and users of the BLM’s National System of Public Lands. To help maintain these facilities, the BLM invests in capital improvements, including replacing aging and deficient communication towers; constructing facilities at popular recreation sites; installing energy-efficient systems on buildings to reduce energy use and related costs; repairing or replacing comfort stations, potable water systems and waste water treatment facilities; constructing new BLM facilities consistent with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards; and replacing buildings due to critical health and safety issues.