“Shared Stewardship is about working together in an integrated way to make decisions and take actions on the land.”
- USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen
Today’s forest land managers face a range of urgent challenges, among them catastrophic wildfires, more public demand, degraded watersheds, and epidemics of forest insects and disease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service has a new Shared Stewardship Strategy to address these challenges by working collaboratively to identify priorities for landscape-scale treatments.
Through shared stewardship, we will work with a variety of partners to do the right work in the right place and at the right scale. By coordinating at the state level to prioritize, we will be able to increase the scope and scale of critical forest treatments that support communities and improve forest conditions.
Such approaches are essential to achieve common benefits, such as protecting life and property in the wildland urban interface, where homes and businesses intermingle with state and federal wildlands.
The Shared Stewardship Strategy builds on a foundation of collaborative work, such as the Joint Chief’s Landscape Restoration Partnership, the National Cohesive Strategy for Wildland Fire Management, and the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. It also builds on authorities created or expanded in the 2018 Omnibus Bill and the 2018 Farm Bill, such as Good Neighbor Authority.
We will build on this foundation as we move forward, working more closely than ever with states, tribes, and other partners to set cross boundary priorities.
Agreements with States
- Western Governors' Association announces agreement with USDA on collaborative land management projects
- Utah Agreement for Shared Stewardship
- Idaho Agreement for Shared Stewardship
- Montana Shared Stewardship Leaders Intent
- Washington State Memorandum of Understanding
- Montana Forests in Focus 2.0: A Cross-Boundary Collaborative Approach
- Washington State press release
- Toward Shared Stewardship across Landscapes: An Outcome-based Investment Strategy
- Story of Conservation and Our Place In It
- Western Governors’ Association USDA MOU
- 2018 Omnibus Bill
- 2018 Farm Bill
- 2014 Farm Bill
- National Association of State Foresters
State and Forest Service Contacts
Forest Service National Contact