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Federal stimulus funds to improve Siuslaw facilities.

Byline: Winston Ross The Register-Guard

FLORENCE - The Siuslaw National Forest will get upgrades at some trailheads that haven't had improvements in the past 30 years, courtesy of $5.32 million in federal stimulus funds.

The money, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is included in $274 million that will be spent at U.S. Forest Service sites in 32 states. Siuslaw's share will be spent upgrading recreation sites along the central Oregon Coast, at campgrounds, trailheads and boat ramps.

"Many of these facilities and trails were built at least 30 years ago and are in need of some tender loving care," said Teresa Raaf, interim forest supervisor. "These repair and maintenance projects are a gift that just keeps on giving by creating nicer places to recreate and stimulating the local economies that rely on tourism."

The projects will include the repaving of selected campgrounds, boat ramps and off-highway vehicle staging areas and beach parking lots. The money also will go toward repairing or replacing campground water and sewer systems, fixing picnic structures, re-siding the Cape Perpetua Visitor's Center and installing new toilet buildings in campgrounds and day-use sites.

The work will begin as early as this fall in Coos, Douglas, Lane, Lincoln and Tillamook counties.

On the central coast, the approved projects include work on the Drift Creek Falls trailhead, paving work at the Sutton Lake parking lot, new toilets at Rock Creek and the South Jetty parking areas, new flush toilets at Cape Perpetua, and the eradication of invasive species along the Siltcoos River Trail in order to improve habitat for the threatened Western snowy plover.

"Most of the money is going toward facilities: trailhead bathrooms, any sort of facility things," said Katie Sapp, a spokesman for the Forest Service.

Siuslaw also obtained $609,000 in stimulus money to work on roads and bridges in the district, among 106 projects nationwide that will get $228 million in federal funds. That money will be spent in Oregon on repair, decommissioning of some roads and upgrading culverts to enhance watershed drainage.

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Date:Sep 23, 2009
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