Secretary Salazar Announces Department of the Interior Economic Stimulus Projects in Tennessee

Last edited 09/29/2021

Washington, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the Department of the Interior's projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Tennessee. Across its Bureaus, the Department will invest $23.4 million in Tennessee as part of the recovery plan signed by the President to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st Century.

“As the steward of America's resources, our Department has a unique responsibility to carry out its mission in a transparent, open manner by arriving at policy decisions based on public input and ‘best science' practices,” said Secretary Salazar. “After a rigorous process of identifying merit-based projects that truly reflect the longstanding mission and priorities of our Bureaus, I am confident these investments meet the highest standards and will accomplish the goals as outlined by President Obama.”

DOI's ARRA investments in Tennessee support President Obama and Secretary Salazar's ambitious goals to build America's new energy future, to protect and restore our treasured landscapes, to create a 21st Century Youth Conservation Corps, to address America's water challenges, and to empower Native American communities.

Highlights of Initiatives funded through ARRA in Tennessee include:

Fish & Wildlife Service – $12.6 million in funding

  • Tennessee strategic stream and riparian restoration as managed by the Cookeville, TN Endangered Species Field Office
  • Elimination of leases through the construction of an on-refuge base of operations for staff and volunteers at the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge

National Park Service – $10.5 million in funding

  • Closure of eight hazardous abandoned oil and gas wells and restoration of natural landscapes in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • Multiple projects at Fort Donelson National Battlefield such as conducting conservation and maintenance work with Youth Conservation Corps Participants
  • Several rehabilitation and repair plans at the Great Smoky Mountains including repairing 22 miles of eroded and hazardous horse trails in the North District

U.S. Geological Survey – $290,000 in funding

  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Streamgage upgrades

Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department of the Interior's economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on and on Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force. Henderson and the Task Force will work closely with the Department of the Interior's Inspector General to ensure that the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency that President Obama has set.

For a complete list of projects for Tennessee, please click here:

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