USDA will spend stimulus dollars on Wy. forests

Cheyenne, WY – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is following through on its recent promise to spend some federal economic stimulus money on national forest projects in Wyoming.

The agency on Tuesday announced that Wyoming forests will receive nearly $6.4 million. The money is part of the latest round of forest funding of nearly $95 million going to projects in 36 states.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal and the state's congressional delegation have complained this summer to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that the agency has awarded millions in stimulus funds to forests in surrounding states while denying funds to Wyoming forests.

Freudenthal says the latest funding won't address all the needs in Wyoming. But he says he's happy to see the funding.