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Washington, D.C. - Mt. St. Helens National Monument will receive more than $6.2 million in funding for maintenance and improvements, Congressman Brian Baird announced Tuesday. The money comes from the U.S. Forest Service as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Anyone who's been to Mount St. Helens recently knows that many of the facilities and trails there are in need of a facelift," said Congressman Baird.

The largest portion of funds, about $4.5 million, will go toward upgrades at the national monument, including upgrade the power system to provide direct power to the Johnston Ridge Observatory vendors, making repairs to the Monument headquarters, repairing Forest Service roads around and leading to the Monument, and updating AV equipment at Johnston Ridge Observatory.

Another $1.782 million will go to repairs and improvements within the Gifford Pinchot Forest Recreation Area, including replacing a boat ramp at Goose Lake and improving infrastructure at Johnston Ridge Observatory.

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