The U.S. Forest Service's Vallejo-based Pacific Southwest Region has received more than $185 million in stimulus money to help create jobs in Northern California, the agency said.

The agency got $185.2 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund projects involving hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, construction and maintenance of facilities, roads and trails, abandoned mines and wood-to-energy projects, an agency spokesman said.

John Heil said the projects will likely create at least hundreds of Northern California jobs, though exact numbers are so far unknown.

"The money has been received but some of it not obligated yet because contracts for some of the projects haven't been awarded yet," Heil said. "But there are a huge variety of jobs, requiring a number of skill sets, we'll be looking to hire for over the next several months."

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The agency was awarded:

* $71.3 million to fund facilities projects like water/wastewater system health and safety, fire barracks and recreation site reconstruction.

* $35.6 million for clearing brush and dead trees along roads and fire lines and providing grants to help other agencies with such projects.

* $26.9 million for maintenance on forest roads, closing roads, storm-proofing, bridge maintenance and paving.

* $18.8 million for wilderness trails, trail bridges and signage projects.

* $14.1 million to fund invasive plant removal/biomass (or vegetation waste material) and thinning projects.

* $10.7 million for forest health federal projects like reducing the thickness of the forest, clearing brush and other smaller vegetation and treating for insects and insect-caused disease.

* $4.5 million will fund renewable energy facilities in Amador and Humbolt counties. These facilities take forest and agricultural waste produces and compress it into pellets to be used as fuel.

* $ 2.8 million to fund projects to address safety hazards and environmental damage caused by abandoned mines.