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Stimulus package doesn't skimp on national forests

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service got more than $1 billion in economic stimulus funding and plans to spend some of the money to repair eroded dirt roads.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell says other "shovel ready" projects will improve bridges, buildings and reduce the risk of wildfires.

Kimbell says the special funding, part of President's Barack Obama's economic recovery act, will create 25,000 jobs in national forests across the country.

Officials say the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest will receive $11.6 million to improve 165 miles of roads.

That region covers almost all of the Wasatch Range from the Idaho border south to Provo. It also takes in part of the Uinta mountains.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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