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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awards $3 million for Rocky Mountain Arsenal wildlife project

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a $5.9 million contract award going to a Colorado Springs company for a new visitor center and other projects at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

About $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will pay for the new center, compete with auditorium, exhibits about the arsenal’s history and wildlife and interpretive classroom. The building will incorporate several green components, including geothermal heating, solar array, energy-efficient fixtures, renewable-resource construction materials and natural lighting.

“Construction of the visitor center will provide major attraction for the public and a great opportunity for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reach out to diverse groups of people to promote conservation while helping the local economy,” Salazar said.

The project should be complete by spring 2011.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal, a former federal Superfund site, is located northeast of Denver, about 80 miles east of Summit County.


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