Funds are to be invested on priority National Forest System (NFS) roads, bridges and structures where the long-term need for the road, bridge, or other structure has been documented.
Road Maintenance & Decommissioning – The appropriated funds will primarily address public safety needs, resource protection, and access to the most important National Forest System (NFS) sites and features.
Objectives are to reduce the number of roads and maintain roads to meet safety and environmental standards. Roads will be closed or decommissioned when necessary to reduce maintenance costs and protect forest resources. Maintenance activities include the maintenance of roads, bridges, and other vehicle access areas. Road maintenance priorities for passenger car roads are to meet Highway Safety Act requirements, allow emergency access for first responders, and provide escape routes for recreationists and local residents in emergency situations, such as wildfire. Priority high clearance road maintenance minimizes or eliminates environmental effects to resources, including sediments loads in streams and barriers to fish passage. Road decommissioning eliminates unneeded and unauthorized roads and restores land occupied by roads to a more natural state.
Bridge Maintenance & Decommissioning – Bridge maintenance and decommissioning projects are incorporated into road or trail maintenance and decommissioning projects. Therefore, the objectives of this activity are a component of either road or trail projects.
Trail Maintenance & Decommissioning – The trails program ensures public safety and backcountry access through the operation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and improvement of the NFS trails system. The appropriated funds will be used to provide trail accessibility and promote ecosystem health by protecting soil, vegetation, and water quality. Trail maintenance activities include clearing encroaching vegetation and fallen trees and repairing or improving trail signs, treadways, water drainage, and bridges. Trail decommissioning eliminates unneeded and unauthorized trails and restores land occupied by trails to a more natural state.
Related Watershed Restoration/Ecosystem Enhancements – The benefits of restoration projects include improved wildlife and fish habitat; improved range and forest stand conditions; improved water quality, quantity, and timing of stream flows; cleaner air; and effective long-term carbon sequestration.
Facility Improvement Maintenance and Rehabilitation – Facilities will be improved to eliminate health and safety risks at agency owned buildings and recreation sites and reduce deferred maintenance on aging infrastructure, thereby improving the ability of the agency to successfully perform its mission. Facility improvement includes construction, alteration, and expansion of facilities and recreation sites. This work will include design, construction, and operation and maintenance practices that implement energy efficiency, water conservation, and sustainable high-performance building principles.
Abandoned Mine Remediation – Tasks are to inventory, assess, and mitigate abandoned mine safety hazards and the associated environmental damage. Priorities are placed on cleaning up abandoned mines that are publicly accessible and in high priority watersheds. Mitigation of abandoned mine safety hazards helps ensure public health and safety and protects habitats and groundwater. Remediation activities include closing mine openings and vertical shafts; recontouring open pits, trenches and associated roads; and removing or stabilizing abandoned buildings, equipment, and hazardous materials.