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Pennsylvania Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership

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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. 

2017 ProjectsFY17 Joint Chiefs LRP Proposal Through Partnership In Forest Map

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.

Sustaining Pennsylvania’s Oak Ecosystems through Partnership in Forest Management

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is working to improve and protect the health and resiliency of Oak ecosystems in North-Central Pennsylvania. This unique, landscape-scale public-private lands project includes an area that spans 15 counties across the predominantly forested northern tier of Pennsylvania. The project is a partnership between NRCS, the Allegheny National Forest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry. 

The northern tier of Pennsylvania is one of the largest contiguous forest land areas in the eastern U.S. with primarily oak-hickory, oak-pine, and maple-beech-birch forest types. The project area contains 2,642 miles of Exceptional Value streams and canvasses 4.6 million acres of watersheds with greatly reduced brook trout populations These systems feed into the Ohio River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Within the project area the land base is weighted toward private ownership with public lands constituting approximately 32% of the landscape.

The collaboration will help public and private forest landowners maintain a diversity of forest age classes and species to sustain forest ecosystems that are resilient to stressors. This, in turn, will improve habitat quality for at-risk species, protect water quality and supplies, and reduce and mitigate the threat of wildfire.

For additional information or to apply for EQIP, contact your local service center.

Point of Contact

Peter Hoagland