Nov 25, 2015 1:10 PM

Funding restored to Milan Community Forest Project

The Associated Press

CONCORD — The U.S. Forest Service says it is restoring $400,000 in funding for the Milan Community Forest Project, originally removed to pay for wildfire suppression, instead.

The project will create a new 1,300-acre forest by consolidating town lots with three new parcels of land. It will serve as an outdoor recreation area and provide a source of municipal income from sustainable timber harvesting.

Members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation have lobbied to have the funding restored. They said matching funds would be in jeopardy without the $400,000 grant.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster said Wednesday that projects like the Milan forest are critical to protecting the North Country's forest-based economy.

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