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Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership - 2018 New Project Summaries

Florida – Ocala Longleaf Priority Protection Area (Ocala National Forest)
This project aligns with the regional Longleaf restoration initiative and the recovery goals of the federally endangered RCW by creating suitable conditions for population growth on the Ocala National Forest (ONF). It also lays the groundwork for future reintroduction of Longleaf to public and private lands to the south. Partners will incorporate wildfire mitigation and water quality enhancement goals on both private and federal lands. Implementing activities on public and adjacent private lands will accelerate forest restoration at a landscape-scale, reducing wildfire risk, increasing appropriate understory vegetation and pollinator habitat, controlling non-native and invasive species, and protecting water quality.

Partners Include: NRCS, USFS, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), The National Forest Foundation (NFF) and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)

Total FY 2018 Funding - $437,080                    

NRCS - $181,080 

Forest Service - $256,000

Hawaii – Wildfire Prevention and Invasive Plant Control in West Maui (West Maui Mountains (non National Forest)
This project is located across State and private lands in the southeastern region of the West Maui mountains. The project location is in the driest region of the mountains, where wildfires have been occurring with increasing frequency. Fires are not a common natural event in Hawaii – prior to human occupation, fire in Hawaii happened about once every 700 to 1,000 years. In the last decade, several major wildfires burned thousands of acres in West Maui. Because of the enormous damages associated with these fires, a Community Wildfire Protection Plan has been drafted, bringing together many partners from county, state, federal agencies as well as private landowners. This area is also described in Hawaii’s Forest Action Plan as a “Community At-Risk from Wildfire” with the highest risk rating. This region is the epicenter of most fires and the focus of the plan.

Partners Include: West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership, County of Maui, and State of Hawaii

Total FY 2018 Funding - $123,278                    

NRCS - $123,278 

Forest Service - $0

Louisiana - Joint Chief’s Louisiana Native Pine Partnership Project (Kisatchie National Forest)
This project will advance the objectives identified in the America’s Longleaf Restoration Initiative Range-wide Conservation Plan.  Longleaf pine ecosystems were landscapes of concern in both the state’s Forest Action Plan and Wildlife Action Plan.  Shortleaf pine is also a species of concern and is gathering interest across its natural range.  Partners and stakeholders are working to accelerate the restoration of longleaf pine and other native ecosystems on public and private lands.  The project area includes 154,121 acres of the Kisatchie National Forest, 10,858 acres of Department of Defense property, 23,178 acres of Northwest LA Game and Fish Preserve property and smaller public holdings by LSU Experiment Station and state-owned wildlife management areas.

Partners Include: LA Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; LA Department of Agriculture and Forestry; US Fish & Wildlife Service; Soil and Water Conservation Districts: Bienville, Claiborne, Lincoln, Jackson, Natchitoches, Red River, Union, Webster and Winn Parishes; The National Wild Turkey Federation; The Nature Conservancy; LA Forestry Association; and USDA APHIS-Wildlife Services.

Total FY 2018 Funding - $291,801

NRCS - $91,801

Forest Service - $200,000

Montana – Capital 360 (Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest)
The project focus area incorporates three counties (Jefferson, Broadwater and Lewis & Clark), the Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area which includes the principal city of Helena (includes Helena Valley), Boulder, Clancy, East Helena, Montana City, Jefferson City and five communities (York, Rimini, Unionville, Marysville, Winston and Canyon Creek) with a population of over 60,000 people. High-priority treatment areas for the Capital 360 focus area include: the densely-populated Upper Tenmile Creek watershed, which supplies water to over 30,000 residents of Helena; and a section of the Prickly Pear watershed, which provides a portion of the municipal water supply for the City of East Helena. The Capital 360 effort continues to build on the successful implementation of smaller-scale fuels reduction projects by various entities in the project area.  The goal is to integrate and coordinate resource management across all administrative boundaries through the strategic placement of fuels reduction treatments across the landscape.

Partners Include: State Forestry Funds (Montana DNRC); Tri-County FireSafe Working Group (Lewis & Clark, Jefferson, Broadwater Counties); City of Helena (Open Lands & Upper Tenmile Watershed) BL

Total FY 2018 Funding - $696,046       

NRCS - $246,046

Forest Service - $450,000

New Mexico – Taos Valley Watershed Coalition (Carson National Forest)
The Taos Valley Watershed Coalition (TVWC) has identified a focus area of 280,000 acres of contiguous landscape featuring juniper woodland to spruce/fir forest. This area encompasses most of the headwaters of the Rio Grande within Taos County; waters that are critical to the economy and well-being of New Mexico’s most populous areas such as Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. The TVWC has developed a Landscape Restoration Strategy that prioritizes areas for restoration treatments. Funding is requested for implementation activities on Taos Pueblo, private, and Carson National Forest managed lands.

Partners Include: Carson National Forest; USDA Forest Service; Rio Grande Water Fund; The Nature Conservancy; New Mexico Water Trust Board; Taos County; and Taos Pueblo.

Total FY 2018 Funding - $403,800

NRCS - $153,800

Forest Service - $250,000

Puerto Rico - Landscape-scale Restoration Initiative to Establish Biological Corridors and Restore Ecosystem Functionality after the Impact of a Major Hurricane in the Caribbean Area (Six Watersheds) 
The project will address resources concerns including: soil erosion, water quality and soil health, fire mitigation and habitat improvement for at-risk species. The project will implement conservation practices such as: establishment of vegetation and tree planting, erosion control measures, nutrient and waste management, establishment of fire breaks and wind breaks, propagation of native species for agroforestry practices and forest enhancement, habitat restoration for targeted species, debris and obstruction removal, among others. These actions will mitigate the impacts of extremes events. 

Partners Include: Caribbean NRCS; Envirosurvey, Inc.; Cafiesencia, Inc; Protectores de Cuencas, Inc.; Puerto Rico Conservation Trust; Para la Naturaleza; and USFWS Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office.

Total FY 2018 Funding - $225,000

NRCS - $225,000      

Forest Service - $0

Wyoming – Sublette County Forest Collaborative: Working Together for Forest Health (Bridger Teton National Forest)
The Collaborative aligns with the following Joint Chiefs’ Partnership goals: Wildland Urban Interface/fuel reduction/defensible space to two rural subdivisions and a small community; improving water quality and quantity within two watersheds, one of which encompasses the sole source of drinking water supply for the town of Pinedale; Aspen restoration; habitat improvements benefitting mule deer, pronghorn and the Greater Sage-grouse.  The project area includes U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, State of Wyoming and private lands in Sublette County, Wyoming. 

Partners Include: Wyoming Game and Fish Divisions of State Forestry, as well as Sublette County Agencies of Sublette Fire, Sublette Weed and Pest; Sublette Conservation District and County Commissioners.

Total FY 2018 Funding - $711,500

NRCS - $367,500      

Forest Service - $344,000