Landscape Restoration Partnership Contributes to Healthier Forests and Grasslands
Two restoration projects in the Intermountain Region were selected to receive funding through the 2015 Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership. The additional funding will help the forests meet forest and grassland health goals.
The Upper North Fork project on the Salmon-Challis National Forest treats hazardous fuels on private lands where wildland fires have a high probability of starting, and adjacent National Forest lands where they will initially spread.
The West Vernon project on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is focused on restoring sage steppe ecosystems through the reduction of fuels while improving rangeland conditions and habitat quality for at risk species such as sage grouse.
The Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service entered into a multi-year partnership, the Chiefs’ Joint Landscape Restoration Partnership, to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public and private lands meet across the nation. The vision is to restore landscapes regardless of land ownership, reduce wildfire threats to communities and landowners, protect water quality and supply and improve habitat for at-risk species.
In April 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) decided that listing the greater sage-grouse for protection under the Endangered Species Act was "warranted but precluded." The FWS is going to decide whether the greater sage-grouse should be listed in fiscal year (FY) 2015 based on the court-approved settlement agreement. The settlement agreement requires the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to include clear objectives and desired habitat conditions, management actions, and area-wide standards and guidelines in the land-use plans and amendments for each involved unit by winter 2015.
The Forest Service employs more than 30,000 permanent employees in hundreds of locations across the country. Forest Service employees focus their skills to manage and improve our nation's forest lands in many ways. Many work in forest and range research, some develop the skills of others at our Job Corps Centers and others provide expertise in State and Private Forestry partnerships across the country. If you are as dedicated to advancing our mission as we are, you should seek job opportunites where your skills are competitive.