U.S. Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, along with U.S. Representative Marion Berry recently announced $6,678,500 for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service projects throughout the state.
Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries with help for construction costs, habitat restoration projects, and improved energy efficiency on public and private lands across the nation.
"I'm pleased to see our state receive these funds, which will help improve the wildlife refuges and hatcheries that so many Arkansans enjoy. This is exactly the type of priority I had in mind when I voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act earlier this year," said Lincoln.
"These economic recovery funds are a win-win for Arkansas," said Pryor. "They will create needed jobs while also protecting the habitats of our waterfowl, fish and other wildlife."
"Arkansas is known as 'The Natural State' because our public lands and resources are not only world-renowned, they are an asset to our state's economy," said Berry. "This funding will make improvements to buildings, and create jobs in our state."
Local projects impacted include:
Mammoth Spring NFH: Construct visitor center -- $2,580,000; repairs to culture building from 2008 flood events -- $125,000; replace HVAC system -- $19,000
White River NWR: Rehabilitate worn FHWA Route -- $698,000; rehabilitate worn FHWA Route 125, East Moon Lake Gravel Road -- $750,000; rehabilitate leaking Pond 4 earthen dam that is severely eroded by years of beaver digging and weather -- $106,000; repair damaged metal siding, roof and wood walkway door -- $42,000.