These Joint Chiefs projects are proof positive of what can be achieved when there is collaboration at all levels – federal, state, and local,” said Curtis Elke, NRCS State Conservationist in Idaho. We’re proud to help continue these conservation partnerships and successes with these next eight projects, including the project here in Idaho.”
The Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership enables NRCS and FS to collaborate with agricultural producers and forest landowners to invest in conservation and restoration at a big enough scale to make a difference. Working in partnership, and at this scale, helps reduce wildfire threats, protect water quality and supply, and improve wildlife habitat for at-risk species.
North Fork Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Lemhi County is one of eight new projects. The purpose of the project is to implement fuel reduction treatments in areas threatened by the invasion and continued build-up of cheatgrass on federal and private land. Sources and causes of this build-up include disturbance from wildfire, mining, timber harvest, heavy use by big game, and grazing. Treatments will include ground-based and/or aerial herbicide application, re-seeding of native species on federal and private land as well as understory thinning on private land to provide fuel breaks where applicable. The primary goal of this project is to reduce the wildfire threat to at-risk communities, wildfire threat to wildlife habitats of at-risk species, while also protecting and improving localized watershed conditions by reducing fine fuel buildup and controlling further cheatgrass colonization within the area.
The other seven projects are:
Alabama and Florida: Sustaining Gains in Longleaf Pine Restoration Through Coordinated Cogongrass Control
Alaska: Prince of Wales Landscape Restoration Partnership
New Mexico: Sierra Blanca Restoration Partnership
Oregon: Buttes to Basins - All Lands Forest Resiliency Project
Oregon: Lake County All Lands Restoration Initiative
Puerto Rico: Ecosystem Resilience Through Conservation Practices
Tennessee: East Tennessee Aquatic Habitat for At-Risk Species
Through the new three-year projects, landowners will work with local USDA experts and partners to apply targeted forestry management practices on their lands, such as thinning, hazardous fuel treatments, fire breaks, and other systems to meet unique forestry challenges in their area.
For full project descriptions and information on completed projects, visit the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership website.