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Oct 30, 2015 9:22 AM

Shaheen asks for funding for Milan Community Forest Project

The Associated Press

CONCORD - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is asking the United States Forest Service to reinstate funds for the Milan Community Forest Project after a $400,000 grant was rescinded to pay for wildfire suppression.

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.

In a letter Thursday to Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, Shaheen said as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, she supported efforts to include $700 million for Fiscal Year 2016 to replenish forest accounts affected by the borrowing of funds for wildfire suppression. She requests that the Milan project be replenished, saying matching funds are in jeopardy without the $400,000 grant.

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