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Shared stewardship is the way forward for improving forest conditions

Photo: Portrait of Vicki Christiansen in front of American & Forest Service flags.

Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen, USDA Forest Service

Earlier this week I joined Secretary Sonny Perdue as he visited California to meet with citizens and see firsthand forested communities ravaged by recent wildfires. It was a fitting prologue to the Secretary’s announcement yesterday of a new strategy that aims to improve the condition of America’s forests—across all boundaries.

Expansive work is needed to reduce fuels and threats from insects and diseases on all forests. Poor conditions demand treatments at a scale that match the immensity of the problem.  But we can’t do it alone. We need to set priorities at a state-level scale. Secretary Perdue’s announcement of a new strategy for “true shared stewardship” calls for stronger collaborative decision-making with states and partners, and it employs new technology we can share. Together they will help us to invest in high-priority lands that actually can make a difference in conditions...Read More

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