U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced $10 million in funding for projects aimed at restoring the health and fire resilience of iconic landscapes nationwide. The 10 selected projects will leverage matching funds for treatments that will affect tens of millions of acres of public land, improving the resilience of forests and rangelands. This year marks the first time Congress provided funding for the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes projects.
The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program is a new approach to achieve fire resiliency across landscapes. The Program incorporates goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and Secretarial Order 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration, by ensuring that approved projects emphasize collaborative landscape-scale planning across multiple jurisdictions, lessen the risk from catastrophic wildfire, and enhance the protection of critical natural resources and watersheds. Four of the selected projects specifically target sagebrush-steppe ecosystems in the Great Basin.
“Making public lands more resilient to wildfire requires federal, state, tribal and local collaborations,” said Kris Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Policy, Management and Budget. “These projects, which represent different landscapes across the country, will demonstrate how by working collaboratively on rangeland and forest management to reduce fuels, control invasive species and reestablish native vegetation, we can make progress in restoring and maintaining these ecosystems for the communities and species that rely on them.”
Read the full release, see the map and learn about each projected awarded here.