Interior directs millions to ecosystem restoration projects

May 16, 2022

The Interior Department announced a list of 125 ecosystem restoration projects that will receive $68 million in funding through the bipartisan infrastructure law.

The projects will take place in 20 states, U.S. territories, and on Native American tribal lands and will aim to address a wide array of issues, including slowing the spread of invasive plant species and preventing catastrophic wildfires.

“President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a once-in-a-generation investment that will allow us to restore healthy ecosystems across the country,” said Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. “This is an important step towards building a better America for people and wildlife, for generations to come.”

Projects will be spread across Interior bureaus, including the Bureau of Land Management, which will receive $26 million to fund a broad range of projects. “We all rely on healthy, functioning ecosystems that deliver clean air and clean water, support wildlife, sequester carbon, and are less prone to the effects of catastrophic wildfire. These are wise investments for future generations,” said BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning. She added, “Putting people to work on restoration efforts on our public lands will be key to help address the effects of a changing climate and long-term drought.”

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A total lunar eclipse will turn the moon red and be visible in most of the U.S. this Sunday night into Monday morning. America’s public lands are ideal places for watching celestial wonders like this Blood Moon! Photo

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(featured image: @BLMNational announces project allocations for $26 million received through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for ecosystem restoration following @Interior‘s allocation of more than $68 million for 125 ecosystem restoration projects