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Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership 2019 Projects

 

Bradshaw Cross-Boundary Project

Arizona – The Bradshaw Cross-Boundary Project is in the central highlands of Arizona and encompasses the greater Prescott area – one of the largest and most complex areas prone to wildland fires in the Southwest. Through this new project, NRCS and the Forest Service will support reduction and mitigation of wildfire threats to high fire hazard communities. The project will also support water quality and supply for these communities and critical habitat for at-risk species, including the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl. Recreation is a major source of revenue for the Prescott region with tourism intricately linked to forest conditions.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,518,333                    

NRCS - $817,500 

Forest Service - $700,833

Western Arkansas and Southeastern Oklahoma Woodland Restoration Project

Arkansas – Located in Western Arkansas, this project aims to connect diverse acres of restored open hardwood and pine woodland across boundaries within the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests that span Arkansas and Oklahoma. Building on the success of two prior Joint Chiefs’ projects, partners will continue to restore forest health with a focus on enhancing shortleaf pine forest ecosystems. The project will reduce forest vulnerability to harmful insect infestations, including the southern pine beetle, red oak borer, and bark beetle. Forest restoration activities will also support habitat for the threatened leopard darter and northern long-eared bat, monarch butterflies and other pollinators. Other benefits include protecting and improving water quality for nearly one million people who depend on clean drinking water in the project area.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,675,000                    

NRCS - $1,635,000

Forest Service - $40,000

Central Sierra Recovery and Restoration Project

California - This project covers over 134,000 acres of private lands, mostly within a wildland urban interface transition zone, where local communities face extreme wildfire danger. Partner objectives for this landscape include wildfire protection, restoration of ecological processes, and a landscape-level response to the ongoing tree mortality epidemic. Covering Mariposa, Madera and Fresno counties, this project has established Tree Mortality Task Groups that will address social, economic and environmental impacts related to dead trees in each county. Forest management planning and treatment for this project will include reforestation, woody biomass utilization, fuel breaks, and prescribed burns to provide habitat for at-risk species like the Pacific fisher and Yosemite toad, increase public safety, enhance forest resiliency, support recreation, and improve water quality.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,589,500

NRCS - $1,471,500

Forest Service - $118,000

Rural Community Fire Protection and Forest Management

California - This project area sits in northwestern California and covers 625,750 acres of forested land that spans the Shasta-Trinity and Six Rivers National Forests. In a high-risk wildfire zone, rural communities rely heavily on local natural resources to support their livelihoods. Work in this area was supported by a Joint Chiefs’ project in 2016. This project will build on prior efforts to safeguard water resources by creating priority fuel breaks along linear landscapes to facilitate evacuation, firefighter access, and fire management. Partners plan to thin forests adjacent to communities and fuel breaks to develop mature and complex forest habitat, and reduce wildfire risks. They will reconstruct and decommission roads to reduce sediment delivery that damages aquatic habitats. The project will also implement other forestland treatments, enabling the use prescribed fire as a primary tool, and to use fire surrogates where the use of fire alone is not feasible, to help protect communities, watersheds, and habitat.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $$710,833      

NRCS - $54,500

Forest Service - $660,833

Yreka Craggy Project

California – The project area contains key infrastructure, such as power utilities, water supplies and medical facilities, but it is also a high-risk area for wildfires. Partners will implement a strategic fuels reduction plan for nearly 62,660-acres, to protect nearby communities of Yreka, Humbug, Greenhorn and Hawkinsville. The high-risk threat zone includes 26,250 acres of private lands and threatens more than 10,000 people. This project will reduce the threat of wildfire to communities in the area while moving the landscape towards greater fire resiliency.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $140,000

NRCS - $109,000

Forest Service - $40,000

Northern Front Range Collaboration Watershed Resilience Project

Colorado - Nearly three million people in cities including Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Greeley depend on healthy forests and watersheds within the Northern Front Range for their water supply. Colorado farmers and ranchers also depend on these water resources to irrigate 640,000 acres. The project area includes habitat for the federally listed Greenback Cutthroat trout and Preble's meadow jumping mouse. Partners will implement conservation systems that support habitat for at-risk wildlife, restore watershed conditions, enhance streams, and manage invasive plant species. This project’s long-term goal is to strategically establish boundaries that will foster healthy fire regime across the landscape and reduce the danger of destructive wildfire.  

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $2,426,083

NRCS - $1,676,390     

Forest Service - $888,110

Mesabi Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Project

Minnesota– The Mesabi project encompasses approximately 257,000 acres of federal, private and Tribal lands, about 32 percent of which is made up of wetlands. Joint Chiefs’ funding will help partners improve riparian areas to support wildlife habitat, improve hydraulic functions, control erosion, and increase stream shading. Partners will also mitigate harmful fuel loads to reduce the potential for extreme fire, enhance wildlife habitat and improve vegetation conditions. To further support the management of forest health, educational efforts on hazardous fuels buildup will be targeted to family woodland owners near the Superior National Forest.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $60,050

NRCS - $38,150      

Forest Service - $35,000

Wildfire Adapted Missoula (WAM) Project

Montana – This project is made up of 454,000 acres of land including 167,000 acres in the Lolo National Forest. Wildfires across the project area in the last 15 years have had impacts on communities and native wildlife. The Rattlesnake Municipal Watershed is in the project area and it serves 72,000 people as a backup watershed for Missoula residents. The areas is also home to iconic and at risk species such as the Canada Lynx, Grizzly Bear, and Bull Trout. The project will support implementation of a targeted Community Wildfire Protection Plan including activities to restore and maintain wildfire resilient landscapes across boundaries, reduce hazardous fuels within the community and a general protection zone, and increase the margin of safety for wildland fire responders and the public.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $479,865

NRCS - $177,338      

Forest Service - $302,527

Elk Creek Watershed Restoration Partnership Project

Oregon – This project sits within the 54,366-acre Elk Creek 5th-field watershed. Heavy fuel loadings and encroachment of Douglas-fir into fire-dependent habitats has put the watershed at severe risk of unusually intense wildfire. Project activities will focus on oak, pine and meadow restoration. It also targets fuels reduction through commercial timber sales and non-commercial fuels treatments, prescribed burning, and aquatic habitat restoration. Partners will work through this Joint Chiefs’ project to treat a mixture of public, Tribal, and private lands. Objectives include promoting productive working lands, enhancing agricultural landscapes, contributing to the economic health of rural communities, supporting healthy watersheds, and mitigating wildfire risk.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $599,859

NRCS - $408,750       

Forest Service - $191,109

Chiloquin Community Forest and Fire Project (CCFFP)

Oregon- This project will restore forest health and resiliency across 184,370 acres of private and U.S. Forest Service land by engaging the community and implementing phased treatment of overstocked dry-type forests. The entire area is identified as a high-risk for wildland fire in the Chiloquin Community and Klamath County Wildfire Protection Plans. Partners plan to strengthen landscapes and promote fire-adapted communities, improve safe and effective wildfire response, enhance aquatic habitat and restore ecological function.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,77,588

NRCS - $1,090,000      

Forest Service - $627,588

Nolichucky and Upper French Broad Joint Watershed Restoration Project

Tennessee- This 1,000,000-acre project includes private and Tribal lands in the southern Appalachian Mountains and encompasses Cocke, Greene, Washington and Unicoi counties. These three counties are designated by NRCS as Strike Force Counties targeted to aid farmers who face persistent poverty. The project area offers the potential for excellent habitat for Golden-winged Warblers, shortleaf pine, Table Mountain pine, and oaks - all of which are in decline due to historic fire suppression and land management practices. Goals and objectives for this project are to reduce and mitigate wildfire threats to communities and landowners. Partners will also protect water quality and supply for communities and improve habitat quality for at-risk or ecosystem surrogate species.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $1,182,000

NRCS - $1,090,000      

Forest Service - $92,000

Wonder Community Project

Wyoming – The Wonder Community Landscape Restoration Project is located within the western half of the Bearlodge Mountains in Crook County. The project area is characterized by a complex land ownership pattern that includes the Forest Service, State of Wyoming, Bureau of Land Management and private lands. The Belle Fourche River Basin is home to nearly 100,000 people in Wyoming and South Dakota, covering six counties and two irrigation districts of roughly 100,000 acres. Partners will aim to reduce the severity and intensity of wildfires across boundaries by thinning and treating surface fuels to create higher canopy base heights. The project will also reduce crown density and lessen surface fire behavior, improve the resiliency of the composition, structure, and ecological function of dry, frequent fire ponderosa pine forest. In addition, commercial sales and non-commercial work planned under the Wonder Project will reduce the risk of a wildfire impacting private lands and natural resources in the area.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $165,400

NRCS - $65,400      

Forest Service - $100,000

Buffalo Municipal Watershed Landscape Restoration Project

Wyoming –This project’s objective is to reduce the amount and continuity of fuels to maintain and protect the water supply for the City of Buffalo. The city’s municipal water supply is in a watershed primarily in the Bighorn National Forest. This watershed faces several wildfire risks that could negatively affect water quality. This Joint Chiefs’ project aims to reduce the risk of fires that would lead to sedimentation and debris flows in to local the watershed, reduce the risk of invasive plant species that increase fire risk and degrade habitat, maintain and restore native aspen stands, and maintain and enhance riparian habitat. Project funding will help partners protect communities from wildfire and improve the strength of forest landscapes.

Partners Include:

Total FY 2019 Funding - $231,250

NRCS - $38,150      

Forest Service - $35,000

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