Linking the President’s Healthy Forests Initiative

with the 10-Year Comprehensive Strategy Implementation Plan

 

 


The 10-Year Comprehensive Strategy and Implementation Plan have been adopted by federal agencies and western governors, in collaboration with county commissioners, state foresters, tribal officials and other stakeholders.  The Implementation Plan, through a series of 4 Goals and 23 Tasks, establishes a framework for protecting communities and the environment and was developed in part, due to an awareness that “the development of unnaturally dense, diseased or dying forests, and treatment of wildland fire have contributed to more severe wildland fires and created widespread threats to communities and ecosystems.  Millions of acres of land nationwide are presently classified as being at high risk from wildland fire.”

 

The President’s Healthy Forest Initiative will implement core components of the 10-Year Implementation Plan, enhancing and facilitating the work and collaboration agreed to in that historic document.  The Implementation Plan stakeholders agreed that reducing the threat of wildland fire to people, communities, and ecosystems would require numerous actions including:

 

·        “Management activities, both in the wildland urban interface and in at-risk areas across the broader landscape.”

·        “Active forest and rangeland management, including thinning that produces commercial or pre-commercial products, biomass removal and utilization, prescribed fire and other fuels reduction tools to simultaneously meet long-term ecological, economic and community objectives.”

 

The President’s Healthy Forests Initiative focuses on several of the 23 tasks outlined in the 10-Year Implementation Plan to improve delivery and outcomes of the Plan.  They include::

 

·        “Develop and implement a process for Federal, State Tribal and local government to collaborate on the annual selection of fuel treatment projects within their respective jurisdictions.” (Goal 2 Task E)

 

·        “Assess state and federal regulatory process governing projects and activities done in conformance with the 10-Year Comprehensive Strategy and Implementation plan and identify measures to improve timely decision-making.” (Goal 2 Task F)

 

·        “Develop and implement consistent and effective federal procedures for procurement, contracting, grants, and agreements to support hazardous fuel reduction, restoration and rehabilitation projects.” (Goal 4 Task B)

 

 

Action Plans were developed immediately after the May 23 signing of the Implementation Plan to facilitate continued work and accountability on all components of the Implementation Plan.  Performance measure definitions are currently being developed.   The President’s Healthy Forests Initiative provides additional Administration endorsement by directing the Agencies to improve regulatory processes to ensure more timely decisions, greater efficiency, and better results in reducing the risks of catastrophic wildfires by restoring forest health.