USDA Agencies Release 2017 Accomplishment Report for Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership in West Virginia

Contact(s): Kelly Bridges, Public Affairs Officer 304-635-4432

Elkins, W.Va., April 19, 2018 – Monongahela National Forest and the Natural Resources Conservation Service West Virginia have released their annual report on 2017 accomplishments through the USDA Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. Total FY2017 funding for NRCS was $1,561,896 and $526,612 for Forest Service projects. In 2018, the project will continue with more than $2,857,750 to be invested in forestry projects in West Virginia.

The agencies work together with partners to support the Appalachian Ecosystem Restoration Initiative. The project area includes five watersheds that form the headwaters of the Potomac and Ohio rivers. The landscape supports several ecosystems that are critical reservoirs of biodiversity in eastern North America, including coldwater trout streams, red spruce forests, oak-hickory forests, and northern hardwood forests.

Projects include restoring red spruce forests, mined lands, watersheds and aquatic habitat, fire-adapted oak-hickory forests, early successional habitat, and various working landscapes on private and public land. USDA and its partners focus on restoring and re-connecting various ecosystems that support biodiversity, while helping to boost the local economy.

The success of these projects is due in large part to partnerships with Trout Unlimited, Green Forests Work, American Forests, Ruffed Grouse Society, Canaan Valley Institute, The Nature Conservancy and others.

Since 2013, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership projects across the country, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately-owned lands. Private woodland owners in these project areas may be eligible for financial assistance from the NRCS to help them perform forest conservation practices on their land. Contact a local USDA Service Center to learn more.

Visit to learn more about the Appalachian Ecosystem Restoration Initiative, download the 2017 annual report, and see a full list of partners.


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