Five forest projects in the Pacific Northwest have been awarded nearly 10-million dollars in federal funds for forest restoration. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding and a new plan for managing the national forests.
Vilsack says the plan will increase forest productivity and help the environment.
Restoration projects include forest thinning, prescribed burning and road closures.
The Agriculture Department oversees the national forests. It estimates the restoration projects could create more than 1,500 jobs.