Monday, February 22, 2016

USDA Initiative Improves Resiliency, Reduces Wildfire Threats through Local Partnerships

Map of newly funded 2016 projects along with ongoing 2015 and 2014 projects.

Last week, the USDA announced a $40 million+ investment for resiliency and restoration of forests near communities to reduce wildfire impacts, protect water supplies, improve wildlife habitat and support rural economies. This is the third year of the Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership between the US Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet. 

Eleven new Joint Chiefs projects received funding commitments totaling $7 million for 2016 and an additional investment totaling nearly $33 million was made for 28 projects that were launched in 2015 and 2014. 

These projects are selected based in part on the collaborative efforts and commitments of local partners who plan to invest $11 million in financial, technical and in-kind assistance! 

Very Cohesive Wildland Fire Strategy.....nice!  Read more here. 

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