Skip Navigation

Joint Chief FY20 Project Summaries

Arizona - Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape Restoration Project

Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties / Coronado National Forest

The Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape (FHSL) covers 1.65 million acres in southeastern Arizona. The designation as a National Sentinel Landscape in 2015 recognizes the critical need to protect working and natural lands important to the Nation's defense. This includes places where preserving the working and rural character of key landscapes strengthens economies based on farms, ranches, and forests; conserves wildlife habitat and natural resources; and protects vital testing and training missions conducted on military installations that occur in such landscapes. A key goal is reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire to Fort Huachuca and the ten communities within the FHSL. Habitat improvements will focus on native grasslands and aquatic habitats for the federally endangered Chiricahua leopard frog. The project will involve cross-boundary treatments to reduce hazardous fuels and recovery plans for federally listed species. By working with landowners to preserve and enhance key habitats, maintain open space, and sustain working rural lands, the project will also help improve the economic viability of local ranches and reduce development pressure.

Total FY20 Funding:$679,450 (NRCS $377,450 and USFS $302,000)

Partners: State of Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Arizona Game and Fish Department, Customs and Border Patrol, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Defense, BLM, Iroquois Foundation, and Fort Huachuca Sentinel Landscape Partnership.

Arkansas - Building Resilient Watersheds to Improve Drinking Water in the Ozark & Ouachita Highlands

Northwestern Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma / Ozark-St. Francis and Ouachita National Forests

The Building Resilient Watersheds to Improve Drinking Water in the Ozark & Ouachita Highlands project area includes sites in six high-priority watersheds covering more than five million acres. The objectives of the project are to: protect and improve water quality for public drinking water, tourism, fisheries, and rural industrial development; encourage rural prosperity, forest health and resiliency; improve habitat for at-risk species; reduce and mitigate wildfire threats; and promote environmental education. Activities needed to achieve these objectives include replacing degraded and undersized stream crossings, restoring shortleaf pine forests, constructing permanent fire breaks, reducing fuel loads, conducting controlled burns, and conducting outreach to local communities.

Total FY20 Funding:$2,375,000 (NRCS $2,000,000 and USFS $375,000)

Partners: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Choctaw Nation, Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts, Arkansas Forestry Association, The Nature Conservancy, National Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Forever, Monarch Watch, ANHC, Arkansas Natural Resources Commission, Central Hardwood Joint Venture, and the 27 organizations involved with the Shortleaf Bluestem Community and Ozark Highlands CFLRP projects on the two national forests.

California - Little Jones Creek Project-Smith River Collaborative

Del Norte County, California / Six Rivers National Forest

The Little Jones Creek Project-Smith River Collaborative covers approximately 8,700 acres of primarily National Forest lands interspersed with private inholdings and isolated rural communities. Even-aged Douglas-fir and tanoak dominate the landscape, which has been heavily influenced by historical clearcutting, fire suppression, and infrequent high-severity wildfire. The project would complete a network of strategically placed fuelbreaks to help protect the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). This area was collaboratively identified in the Del Norte Community Wildfire Protection Plan as a top-priority location for implementing fuelbreaks as part of a landscape-scale strategy for fire regime restoration across the Smith River watershed. Treatments will include increasing the height to the base of the live crown and opening the canopy by removing small trees, generally less than 8 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH). The project would indirectly benefit water quality and supply in the Smith River as well as the federally listed Coho salmon, found in the river, by reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire.

Total FY20 Funding: $697,000 (NRCS $94,000 and USFS $603,000)

Partners: Smith River Collaborative Group (a joint venture between Del Norte County elected officials, local and regional environmental groups such as Friends of Del Norte, Klamath Forest Alliance, EPIC, KS Wild, and Smith River Alliance), local Tribes (Elk Valley Rancheria and the Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation), the Del Norte Fire Safe Council, and the American Forest Resource Council.

California - Los Padres Strategic Community Fuelbreak Collaborative

Monterey County, California / Los Padres National Forest

The Los Padres National Forest (LPNF), California State Parks (CPS), and private landowners are collaborating to reestablish historic fuelbreaks and complete vegetation management treatments across 1,400 acres of Monterey County within the LPNF, Andrew Molera State Park, Julie Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and surrounding private lands. In the project area there is a diverse range of vegetation communities that create a mosaic of coastal scrub, chaparral, oak woodland, annual grasslands, and mixed hardwood forest. Three sites within the project area were identified by CALFIRE as priority areas for fuels treatments in the state. The goal of this cohesive community protection collaboration is to reduce the threat of wildfire in the wildland urban interface (WUI), improve ecological resilience to fire, and improve communities fire-adaptive capabilities through education.

Total FY20 Funding:$341,548 (NRCS $105,548 and USFS $236,000)

Partners: California State Parks, Santa Lucia Conservancy, El Sur Ranch, Rancho Rico, Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp, Graniterock Construction, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, Fire Safe Council of Monterey County and CALFIRE.

Idaho - Goose Creek Interagency Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project

Cassia County, Idaho / Sawtooth National Forest

The Goose Creek Interagency Sage-Grouse Habitat Restoration Project is located on approximately 23,326 acres of national forest and 1,523 acres of private lands in southern Idaho. Treatments include hand thinning and mastication of juniper to restore sage-grouse, elk, and mule deer habitat. Other project objectives include reducing the risk of uncharacteristically large, high severity wildfires, and improving hydrologic conditions within the Goose Creek and Trapper Creek watersheds as well as improving overall rangeland vegetative conditions, including treatment of invasive plants.

Total FY20 Funding:$315,563 (NRCS $85,563 and USFS $230,000)

Partners: Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management, Pheasants Forever, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Oakley Valley and Goose Creek grazing permittees and landowners within the project area.

Louisiana - Healthy Ecosystem of Longleaf Pine Partnership

Vernon, Allen, Rapides, Natchitoches, Evangeline, and Sabine Parishes / Kisatchie National Forest

Located in west-central Louisiana the 2.2-million-acre Healthy Ecosystem of Longleaf Pine Partnership project is working to restore the region's native longleaf pine ecosystems. Longleaf pine supports many at-risk species including swallow-tailed kite, Bachman's sparrow, Louisiana pine snake, and red-cockaded woodpecker. Restoration activities include prescribed fire, native understory seeding, and longleaf pine planting. The area also contains many unique and important waterways. The project would also improve water quality across the landscape through native species revegetation in riparian areas, streambank stabilization, and collaborating with partners to control non-native invasive and nuisance species such as feral swine.

Total FY20 Funding: $293,550 (NRCS $34,550 and USFS $259,000)

Partners: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, US Department of Defense, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, National Wild Turkey Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and LA Forestry Association.

Missouri - Central Ozark Glade, Woodland, and Native Diversity Restoration Project

Ten counties in southern Missouri / Mark Twain National Forest

The Central Ozark Glade, Woodland, and Native Diversity Restoration Project encompasses nearly five million acres, including five Forest Opportunity Areas that have been identified in the Missouri Forest Resources and Strategy document. The primary goals are to restore and maintain fire-dependent and resilient landscapes, develop fire-adapted communities, and ensure safe wildfire responses. This project will include hazard fuel reduction and landscape restoration on approximately 12,000 - 15,000 acres of federal land and 1,000 acres of private land annually. Restoration of natural community types, including diverse dolomite glades and degraded open oak woodlands would be accomplished through commercial timber harvest and noncommercial vegetation management, prescribed burning and the control and eradication of non-native invasive species. Additionally, old grazing pastures would be restored to native plant communities. Restoration of glades, woodlands and healthy forests on federal and private land will reduce runoff in the project area and have a beneficial impact on water quality in these priority watersheds.

Total FY20 Funding: $415,768 (NRCS $250,000 and USFS $165,768)

Partners: Quail Forever, Missouri Department of Conservation, AmeriCorps, College of the Ozarks, Missouri State University, National Wild Turkey Federation, USFS Northern Research Station and USDA APHIS.

Montana - Castle Mountains Restoration Project

Meagher County, Montana / Helena - Lewis & Clark National Forest

The Castle Mountains Restoration Project encompasses more than 200,000 acres in central Montana. The area has experienced high tree mortality from mountain pine beetles, which has resulted in direct hazards to the public and infrastructure, including the delivery systems for the municipal water supply of White Sulphur Springs. In pine dominated stands, the mortality of lodgepole, ponderosa, whitebark, and limber pine is at least 30 to 50 percent with many areas sustaining 70 to 90 percent mortality. Proposed treatments include removal of the excessive fuel load, restoration of native grasslands by removing encroaching conifers, hazard tree removal, non-native invasive plant treatments, and road and bridge maintenance. Species benefiting from these restoration treatments include westslope cutthroat trout, lynx, and, snowshoe hare.

Total FY20 Funding:$686,000 (NRCS $436,000 and USFS $250,000)

Partners: City of White Sulphur Springs, Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, and Meagher County Conservation District.

Nebraska - Nebraska Northwest Landscape Restoration II

Sioux and Dawes Counties, Nebraska / Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands

The Nebraska Northwest Landscape Restoration II project builds on the success of the phase I project by implementing additional restoration and hazardous fuels reduction projects across the remaining forested areas of the Pine Ridge Ranger District. Restoration activities on national forest and grasslands were developed through public scoping and include 6,500 acres of grassland management, including meadow enhancement and riparian buffers, and nearly 1,500 acres of wildlife habitat reforestation. Hazardous fuels reduction projects include approximately 25,000 of mechanical thinning, understory vegetation removal, and prescribed fire. Road improvements and streambank stabilization activities are intended to reduce erosion and protect water supplies.

Total FY20 Funding: $652,025 (NRCS $342,418 and USFS $309,607)

Partners: State of Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska Game and Parks, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Dawes and Sioux County Weed Departments, Ducks Unlimited, Resource Conservation Districts, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

New Mexico - Greater Santa Fe Fireshed

Santa Fe County, New Mexico / Santa Fe National Forest

The Greater Santa Fe Fireshed project covers more than 100,000 acres of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in north central New Mexico. It includes multiple land ownerships that surround the municipal watershed for the City of Santa Fe, including approximately 65,000 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) system lands, tribal lands owned by the Pueblo of Tesuque, state land, and private lands. The current vegetative conditions in the project area are departed from historic conditions. The landscape consists primarily of ponderosa pine and dry mixed conifer forests, with pinyon juniper in the lower elevations and spruce fir in the higher elevations. The 16-member Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition has proposed to reduce the risk of high-intensity wildfire through target treatments. To raise awareness to the threat, the Coalition has also proposed to conduct outreach and education with local communities.

Total FY20 Funding:$561,104 (NRCS $337,104 and USFS $224,000)

Partners: City of Santa Fe Fire Department, New Mexico Game and Fish, The Nature Conservancy, Pueblo of Tesuque, State of New Mexico Forestry, and Forest Stewards Guild.

Nevada - South Sugarloaf Fire Rehabilitation

Elko County, Nevada / Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

The South Sugarloaf Fire of 2018 burned approximately 145,000 acres of national forest system land, 80,000 acres of private land, and 10,000 acres of other federal or state land. The fire adversely impacted the drainage basins to Wildhorse Reservoir, the Owyhee River, and the North Fork of the Humboldt River. These are all major water sources for members of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of Duck Valley and residents of Elko and Twin Falls counties. Rehabilitation activities will focus on: improving upland and stream habitat; livestock distribution to protect wildlife habitat, water quality, and promote rangeland recovery; mitigating wildfire risk; protecting water supply for wildlife and permitted water users; and environmental education and public outreach. Native species benefitting from the rehabilitation activities would include the Lahontan cutthroat trout, greater sage-grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, northern goshawk, mule deer, pronghorn, and elk.

Total FY20 Funding: $150,000 (NRCS $0 and USFS $150,000)

Partners: Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Duck Valley Tribe, Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Cattleman's Association, Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group, and Elko County.

North Dakota - North Dakota Badlands Restoration Project

Billings, Golden Valley, McKenzie, and Slope Counties / Little Missouri National Grassland

The North Dakota Badlands Restoration Project will manage native ponderosa pine stands and Rocky Mountain juniper stands using mechanical treatment over approximately 14,000 acres. The project objectives are: to reduce fuels and the threat of wildfire to communities, private property and oil and gas facilities; manage encroachment of juniper into adjacent woody draws and upland mixed grass prairie; and reduce the density of juniper within remaining juniper areas with the overall goal to increase the pace and scale of landscape restoration in the badlands of North Dakota. The project will help to provide conservation for the greater sage-grouse, in a portion of the only designated priority habitat in North Dakota, a nationally identified target species of the Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) NRCS partnership. For the greater sage-grouse, the loss and fragmentation of habitat is caused primarily by invading conifers, conversion to cropland or subdivision, and catastrophic wildfires.

Total FY20 Funding: $185,346 (NRCS $119,721 and USFS $65,625)

Partners: ND Natural Resource Trust, McKenzie County Grazing Association, Medora Grazing Association, Little Missouri Grazing Association, ND Game & Fish, McKenzie County Grazing Association, Medora Grazing Association, Little Missouri Grazing Association, Horse Creek Grazing Association, ND School Trust Lands, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mule Deer Foundation, Holmes Family Trust

Oregon - Central Wasco County All-Lands Project

Wasco County, Oregon / Mt. Hood National Forest

Located on the eastern slopes of the cascade Mountains, the Central Wasco County All-Lands project was developed by the All-Lands Committee, an interagency subgroup of the Wasco County Forest Collaborative interested in advancing landscape-scale restoration. The project area encompasses approximately 27,573 acres of Forest Service-managed lands, 7,603 acres of State of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife land (White River Wildlife Area), and 12,564 acres of private lands. The primary objectives of the project are to improve landscape resilience to disease and disturbance and to restore ecological function in Oregon white oak habitats to improve conditions for associated plant and wildlife species, especially deer, elk, turkey, and western gray squirrel. Planned treatments will move forest stands towards more historic conditions by reducing stocking levels through thinning, mastication, and prescribed burning. This project incorporates high hazard, high risk communities as identified in the Wasco County Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).

Total FY20 Funding:$563,309 (NRCS $198,309 and USFS $365,000)

Partners: Oregon Department Forestry, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wasco County Soil and Water District, and Wasco County Forest Collaborative.

Oregon - Upper Crooked River Restoration

Crook County, Oregon / Ochoco National Forest

The Upper Crooked River Restoration project area encompasses 766,100 acres of checkerboard public and private land in the eastern half of Oregon. The landscape includes dry ponderosa pine, mixed conifer forests, intermixed with sage-steppe. The project would address the extreme fire risk on the landscape by reducing tree stand densities and removing ladder fuels while retaining stands of late and old structure ponderosa pine. It would improve watershed conditions and habitat for at-risk species through juniper removal, controlled burns, aspen enhancement, and riparian restoration. A primary goal of the habitat treatments is to improve the connectivity of sage grouse habitat in the region.

Total FY20 Funding: $1,594,853 (NRCS $979,853 and USFS $615,000)

Partners: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Crook County, City of Prineville, Crook County High School, Crooked River Watershed Council, Crooked River Weed Management Board, Crook County Soil and Water Conservation District, Oregon State University Extension Office, The Nature Conservancy Juniper Hills Preserve, Ochoco Forest Restoration Collaborative, Discover Your Forest, and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council.

Utah - Monroe Mountain Ecosystems Restoration Project (Phase 2)

Sevier County, Utah / Fishlake National Forest

The Monroe Mountain Ecosystem Restoration Project area encompasses approximately 66,970 acres of national forest and 21,847 acres of private inholdings on Monroe Mountain in south-central Utah. The project would restore aspen and sagebrush, grass and forb ecosystems. This project builds on the success of phase 1, which was implemented over the past three years. The goals are to use mechanical fuels reduction and prescribed fire across boundaries at a landscape scale. The desired condition for aspen is to have persistent aspen communities with multi-height stems and adequate regeneration to perpetuate aspen, particularly in areas seral to conifer. Benefits to rangelands include improved forage to wildlife and livestock, protection of water supply, and reduced wildfire risk to communities. Benefits to forested lands including restoring resilient fire-adapted ecosystem function through treatments to species composition and structure.

Total FY20 Funding:$900,000 (NRCS $150,000 and USFS $750,000)

Partners: State of Utah's Division of Forestry - Fire and State Lands Division, Monroe Mountain Working Group, Utah's Watershed Restoration Initiative, BYU, Utah State University, Secure Rural Schools, Grand Canyon Trust, Western States Fire Management Grant, State and Private Forestry Western Competitive Resource Allocation Funding, private landowners, and Bureau of Land Management.

Virginia - North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration Project

Rockingham County, Virginia & Pendleton County, West Virginia / George Washington and Jefferson National Forest

The North Shenandoah Mountain Restoration Project covers approximately 103,000 acres within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest and includes 25,000 acres of private land. The unfragmented oak and pine forests of the project area are recognized as a hotspot for biodiversity in the Central Appalachian Mountains. The Department of Conservation and Recreation-Natural Heritage Division tracks 30 species of rare, threatened, and endangered species in the project area, including the federally listed rusty-patched bumblebee, Virginia big-eared bat, cow knob salamander, and the wood turtle. Developed through a large collaborative, the project would improve native habitats and resiliency of the region's fire-adapted forests. Treatments include prescribed burns, fuel reductions, targeted tree thinning, replacing impassable culverts with fish passage structures, stabilizing streambanks, restoring yellow pine stands, controlling non-native invasive vegetation, and improving pollinator habitat. A key goal for the project is to improve water quality in the Dry River-Riven Rock and North River water systems.

Total FY20 Funding: $247,410 (NRCS $147,410 and USFS $100,000)

Partners: Virginia Wildlife Habitat Coalition, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Virginia State Leadership Team, The Nature Conservancy, VA Department of Forestry, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation-Natural Heritage, WV Department of Natural

Resources, National Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, American Chestnut Foundation, Trout Unlimited, Headwaters Master Naturalists, Virginia Wilderness Committee, Virginia Chapter-Society of American Foresters, and Virginia Forestry Association.

Joint Chiefs landing page | FY20 Project Funding