Contractors work closely with Partners for Fish and Wildlife biologists to plant native grasses, which support Federal trust species.
Projects like this are funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife program, whose habitat restoration projects are extraordinary engines for the U.S. economy. Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies finds that, in working directly with partners to implement vital on-the-ground habitat restoration, Service programs created more than 3,900 jobs in Fiscal Year 2011, generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.
The “restoration economy” is a subset of green jobs that includes such industries as heavy equipment providers and operators, plant nurseries, landscape architects, and construction companies, among other firms.
Download the entire report at: www.fws.gov/home/restoration_returns.html.
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