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Budget bill funnels $29 million to Sierra

Congress passed a budget bill last week that will funnel $29 million to the Lake Tahoe Basin and its surrounding area, according to the office of Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville. The bill includes money for fire prevention in Tahoe.

The Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006 provides more than $29 million to Doolittle’s district for the improvement of natural resources and forests.

“This funding provides our area with much needed forest health management and fire prevention,” Doolittle said. “It also increases our region’s water yield by providing funds for water treatment and storage facilities.

A half-million dollars will be dedicated to helping the North Lake Tahoe area implement its community wildfire protection plan pursuant to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, Doolittle said.

“For residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin, there is no more important issue than preventing catastrophic fire. This funding will greatly assist in that effort,” said the congressman.

The bill will also assist the rural economy through increased timber revenue, Doolittle said.

Doolittle secured funding for the following projects:

n $200,000 for the Tule Lake Internment Camp to begin maintaining this historic landmark;

n $26.2 million for the Quincy Library Group;

n $50,000 to renovate the historic Colfax Depot in the City of Colfax;

n $1.5 million for the Greenwood Lake Treatment Facility to construct a treatment and storage facility;

n $600,000 for the Colfax Wastewater Treatment Plant;

n $500,000 for the North Tahoe Fire Protection Program’s community wildfire protection plans;

n $300,000 for California Fisher Conservation to work with private land owners to conserve Pacific Fisher;

n $200,000 for the Gabbro Soils Inventory to evaluate the degree of protection afforded certain plant species; and

n Continued funding of the Pacific Forest Institute under the Education and Research Consortium program.

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