Kyl supports sentae passage of Interior Appropriations bill

Kyl supports senate passage of Interior Appropriations bill

WASHINGTON, DC — US Senator John Kyl (R-AZ), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Senate today approved the FY2001 Interior Appropriations conference report by a vote of 83 to 13. Senator Kyl recently approved the FY2001 Interior Appropriations conference report by a vote Interior and related agencies.

Nearly $11 million is made available for forest restoration and sustainable forestry efforts in Arizona. Of that amount, $8.8 million is provided for ongoing forest-health restoration efforts of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University.

I’m very pleased that Congress has recognized the vital work being conducted at the Ecological Restoration Institute. The Institute has helped shape the debate over forest health. National attitudes and policies are being influenced by the timely and critical work being done at the Institute, including restoration-based fuels treatment, community education and outreach, and forest by-product market research,” said Kyl.

Many forest-health experts, including those at the Ecological Restoration Institute, believe that active management techniques which allow for tree thinning and prescribed small-scale burns (under proper conditions) are necessary to return the forests to their natural state.

In addition to the funding for the Ecological Restoration Institute, Senator Kyl secured $1.053 million for hazardous fuels treatment on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, and $1 million for the Four Corners Forestry Project involving Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.

Kyl also announced that the appropriations bill funded important environmental programs and projects for Native Americans. The bill included:

Dry Lake: $750,000 towards acquisition of 247 acres of rare closed-basin wetlands, located near Flagstaff. The property, which the Arizona Republic identified as one of the three most endangered parcels of land in Arizona, is home to Mexican spotted owls, bald eagles, peregrine, falcons, and other threatened and endangered species.

Bar-T- Ranch: $3.2 million to complete acquisition and preservation of the 6,500 acre ranch and Lake Tremaine, located in the Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff, Ponderosa pine and pinyon/juniper woodlands surround the unique highland valley property, which is at an elevation of 6, 700 feet.

Alchesay/ Williams Creek National Fish Hatchery: $927,000 for planning, design, and initial construction of environmental pollution-control structures at the hatchery to replace a substandard effluent treatment system.

Fort Defiance Hospital: $40.115 million for construction, located on the Navajo reservation.

Second Mesa Day School: $19.56 million for replacement of an elementary school on the Hopi reservation. The new school will serve approximately 400 students. Included in the project, which ranked second on the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) replacement priority list, are 25 employee housing units.

Tuba City Boarding: $38.631 million for replacement of an aging boarding school. The new school will serve approximately 1,400 students of the Navajo Nation. The project was ranked number one on the BIA replacement priority list.

Indian Arts and Crafts Act: $290,000 for the enforcement of and compliance with the (IACA), which was enacted to protect the artistic proprietary rights of Native American artisans. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board is directed to implement a trademark-registration program and to begin registering trademarks.

Hopi Health Center: $5.824 million to address staffing needs in mental health, public health, dental, and health education in the new Hopi Health Center.

Hopi Tribe Staff Quarters: $2.24 million for the Hopi Tribe to reduce the debt associated with the construction of staff quarters that is being funded by the tribe.

Office of Navajo and Hopi Indian Relocation: $15 million to provide services to eligible households and others affected by the Relocation Act.

The bill will now be sent to the President

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