Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Smart Investment

"Strategic investments across landscapes help create resilient forests, grasslands and watersheds while sustaining communities," said Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell referencing the second year of partnership between US Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems on public and private lands. Fifteen (15!) joint projects are slated for 2015...many are in the west, where fire does not respect the line between private and public land. Check out the 2015 selection list here.  

The goal of the FS/NRCS Landscape Restoration Partnership program is restoration work on public and private lands - a guiding principle of the Cohesive Strategy effort.  Collaboration and coordination between agencies and private landowners is the ticket. Working together to prioritize landscapes for treatment across jurisdictional boundaries, and leveraging funds is leading to landscape scale improvements.  Read full press release here.
  

Baker County, OR - as part of the East Face Project - Forest stand improvements on Tim Fisher’s 232 acres of land has opened the canopy, bringing multiple benefits to the land: reduced risk for wildfire, less soil erosion, improved soil health, and improved tree growth and wood quality.

Read more about the East Face Project here

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