NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - In two Oregon national parks, your taxpayer dollars are literally going up in flames.
PatRick Environmental is a small business that specializes in preventing forest fires. The firm recently landed a contract, backed by stimulus cash from the Recovery Act, to torch areas of Oregon's Deschutes & Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grass Lands. This controlled burning will promote new growth and thin some trees so that unplanned wildfires don't become unmanageable.
The project is one of thousands being carried out across the U.S. that are putting stimulus money to work shoring up the country's infrastructure and generating much-needed business for local companies.