The U.S. Forest Service and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to improve the health of forests where public forests and grasslands connect to privately owned lands.
Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, the two USDA agencies are restoring landscapes, reducing wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protecting water quality and enhancing wildlife habitat.
The partnership began in 2014, and each year the agency selects new three-year projects.
The Forest Service and NRCS will invest more than $10 million to fund 10 new projects in nine states in fiscal year 2017. The two agencies will invest an additional $22 million to support 26 active partnership projects already underway. The Forest Service and NRCS will invest a total of $32 million to fund the new and active projects in 29 states in fiscal year 2017.