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USDA Forest Service Northern Region Announces Funding to Improve Access and Recreation in North Dakota

BISMARCK – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service Northern Region announced its investment of over $26 million from the Great American Outdoor Space Act to improve recreational opportunities for thousands of residents and visitors in North Dakota, northern Idaho and Montana. The following North Dakota projects in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands will be funded:

  • The Civilian Conservation Corps Campground near Theodore Roosevelt National Park will receive funding to expand the main hiking trail, create a dedicated horse trail, improve parking, install a pressurized water system, and upgrade the pavilion and picnic tables to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
  • A project to maintain the National North Country Scenic Trail. Specifically, the grant will fund a project to resurface the trail using a specific aggregate. This includes reducing erosion to protect drainage areas, consolidating the trail surface to meet user expectations and increasing visitor numbers.

US Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) was co-initiator of the Great American Outdoor Space Acta comprehensive federal lands package that Congress passed and former President Donald Trump signed in August 2020 to address the maintenance backlog at national parks and public lands managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Education, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Fish and Wildlife Service.

Anna Harden

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