Governors Sign MOU

The Western Governors’ Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to “establish a framework to allow the Forest Service and WGA to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to the increasing suite of challenges facing western landscapes.” The agreement, announced at the WGA 2018 Winter Meeting in Hawai’i, is an outgrowth of two ongoing activities: the Shared Stewardship initiative of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative of Western Governors. The cooperative agreement had been a subject of discussion during the WGA’s fall meeting in Cheyenne earlier this year. Federal, state and private managers of forests and rangelands face a multitude of urgent challenges, including catastrophic wildfires, invasive species, degraded watersheds, and epidemics of insects and disease. The conditions fueling these circumstances are not improving, as demonstrated by the devastating wildfires of 2018. Under the agreement, the U.S. Forest Service will work more closely with states to identify landscape-scale priorities for targeted treatments.


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