North Country
3:18 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Group Hopes To Raise $1 Million To Repair Forest Damage From Irene

The White Mountain National Forest is getting some help with repairing damage done by Tropical Storm Irene.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

The White Mountain National Forest got some good news from the non-profit National Forest Foundation Wednesday.

That’s according to Tom Wagner, the White Mountain National Forest supervisor.

“They hope to raise a $1 million of private funds that would be matched by a $1 million of Forest Service funds.”

Wagner says the money will help local groups and workers from the White Mountain National Forest repair the damage from Tropical Storm Irene.

“That money would go back to do trail work, watershed, riparian restoration work and invasive plant species control in areas that were most ravaged by the storm, Tropical Storm Irene.”

Officials figure Irene caused about $10 million in damage to trails and roads in the White Mountain National Forest.

So far about $7 million in federal funds has been available.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen