Gainesville, Florida — Death Valley National Park is seeking $4 billion in federal funding to help protect the climate, preserve clean air and restore a vital ecosystem.
The Forest Service’s $1.5 billion National Clean Air Management Grant Program is the first of its kind in the nation to support programs that protect the environment, clean the air and help reduce air pollution in the national park, which spans nearly a third of the landmass of the Rocky Mountains.
“Our goal is to make sure that the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management do the right thing in all of our operations to protect the health and safety of people and the environment,” Forest Service Secretary Scott Goss said in a statement.
He noted that the program is expected to receive an additional $1 billion in 2017-18 and $1 million more in 2020-21.
In 2016, the Forest Department and Bureau of Forest Resources were awarded the first $4 million grant from the program to help mitigate climate change in the park.
The grant was to be used for a climate change program to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and buildings and for monitoring carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere, the department said.
Goss noted that $2 billion of the $4,300 million received from the grant will be used to help maintain or restore habitat in the state park.
The funding will be distributed over four years and will cover a wide range of projects, including restoration of degraded land, clean up of hazardous waste sites, restoring the endangered or endangered species, and providing critical services and expertise to manage the park, the statement said.
The grant will help pay for projects including: •Removal of hazardous debris and debris in the parks core;•The restoration of the National Preserve;•Removal and management of invasive plants and animals;•Restoration of habitat and ecosystem services; and•Improved air quality and quality control.