NRCS and Forest Service partner to improve forest health

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The United States Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service entered into a multi-year partnership to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation.

The Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership will invest $30 million in 13 projects in 12 states across the country in 2014  to help reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality - and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species. Additional funding will be available in future years.

The 13 priority projects selected for 2014 will build on existing projects and partnerships. By leveraging technical and financial resources and coordinating activities on adjacent public and private lands, conservation work by NRCS and FS will be more efficient and effective in these watersheds.

The projects include: California - San Bernardino and Riverside County Fuels Reduction; California – Mid Klamath River Communities; Oregon – East Face of the Elk Horn Mountains; Montana – Red Mountain Flume/Chessman Reservoir; New Mexico – Isleta Project; Minnesota - Upper Mississippi Headwaters Restoration; Wisconsin – Lake Superior Restoration Project; Arkansas – Western Arkansas Woodland Restoration; Mississippi – Upper Black Creek Watershed; Kentucky – Triplett Creek; West Virginia – Restoration Venture; New Hampshire - Drinking Water Improvement; New York – Susquehanna Watershed Riparian Buffers

The agencies are reviewing additional sites for collaboration and will continue to build upon this “all lands” approach to landscape restoration. Read the project descriptions.