April 29, 2009
"In the first 100 days of this new Administration, USDA has moved quickly to respond to these difficult economic times by creating jobs, increasing food aid to those in need and revitalizing rural communities," said Vilsack. "Over the next 100 days and beyond, we will continue our hard work to ensure that as an every day, every way Department, USDA helps our nation fight against climate change, provides a nutritious diet for all Americans and maintains a strong safety net for America's farmers and ranchers."
In Alaska, the USDA announced it is working to live up to Secretary Vilsack's expectations for focusing on conserving our natural resources and mitigating global warming. In the first 100 days, the Forest Service distributed approximately $2.95 million for Recovery Act projects.
Near the communities of Hoonah
and Petersburg, $1.45 million dollars from the Economic Recovery
Act are in place, creating approximately 20 new jobs. Plans are
underway to do roadwork and stream improvements on the Tongass
National Forest in Southeast Alaska. The work will repair roads,
clean culverts, and improve road surfaces over 18 miles of high
public use areas south of Petersburg. This work will improve
safe driving conditions while also improving ecosystems as it
reduces erosion into salmon streams. The project, which is critical
for residents in rural communities in Alaska, will reduce future
costs of transportation maintenance and provide better access
for subsistence and recreation.
Throughout the country, USDA has taken swift action to implement the Farm Bill and the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. These actions have resulted in bold new projects and initiatives that will spur rural economic activity and contribute to the nation's overall financial health. Since January:
Quoting a news release, USDA has kept faith with the American people by working to deliver a government that is open and transparent, responsive and accountable to the American people. In the first 100 days, USDA has cut waste and avoided unnecessary costs saving the American taxpayer tens of millions of dollars. Secretary Vilsack has also made civil rights a top priority, taking definitive action to improve the Department's record and to move USDA into a new era as a model employer and premier service provider.
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