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Thinning project will create 55 jobs

COEUR D’ALENE – More than $2 million in federal stimulus funding will be used to thin trees in four North Idaho counties, restoring the ecosystem and lowering the risk of wildfires. The work will create about 55 jobs.

The removal of hazardous fuels will take place on private and state lands in Kootenai, Bonner, Benewah and Boundary counties. More than 400 jobs will be created from $32.5 million in fuels reduction projects in nine states, ranging from Florida to Alaska.

Contractors interested in the jobs should contact Nelle Coler of the Panhandle Area Council for work in Kootenai, Boundary, and Benewah Counties. Her number is (208) 772-0584, extension 3012. Bob Hatfield, the Bonner County contact, can be (208) 448-4324.

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