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Winter Harbor, Maine - The National Park Service has awarded a $896,000 contract under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Soderberg Co. Inc. from Caribou, Maine. Soderberg will remove fourteen buildings and relocate one building at the Schoodic Education and Research Center (SERC) campus, located at the former Winter Harbor Navy Base. Work is expected to start in late November and to be completed before spring.
“These buildings are no longer needed for programs at the site and their removal will clear the way for future projects to rehabilitate the roads, trails, signage, lighting and the remaining buildings,” according to Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “The result of these projects will be an attractive, pedestrian friendly, and energy efficient campus better suited to the SERC mission of facilitating interdisciplinary research and providing innovative education and stewardship programs connecting people and park resources” he said.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year gave $3 billion to the Department of the Interior. Of that amount, $750 million in funding went to the National Park Service. “With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.
Secretary Salazar has pledged unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability in the implementation of the Department’s economic recovery projects. The public will be able to follow the progress of each project on www.recovery.gov and on www.interior.gov/recovery. Secretary Salazar has appointed a Senior Advisor for Economic Recovery, Chris Henderson, and an Interior Economic Recovery Task Force to work closely with Interior’s Inspector General to ensure the recovery program is meeting the high standards for accountability, responsibility, and transparency set by President Obama.