State of Oregon Signs Shared Stewardship Agreement with U.S. Forest Service

Shared Stewardship SigningOn August 13th, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Oregon State Forester Peter Daugherty, USDA Under Secretary James Hubbard, and Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa signed an Oregon Shared Stewardship agreement, building on years of strong state-federal partnership. Under this agreement, the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry will work together to identify shared priorities and implement collaborative projects focused on healthy and resilient forested ecosystems, vibrant local economies, healthy watersheds with functional aquatic habitat, and quality outdoor opportunities for all Oregonians.

“Federal and state agencies face many of the same challenges, including longer and more destructive wildfire seasons; forests facing threats from insects and disease, and the need to ensure the continued long-term ecological and socioeconomic benefits our forests provide,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Working together in a spirit of Shared Stewardship, we are better prepared to tackle these challenges on a landscape scale.”

The Forest Service and the State of Oregon have a long history of working together, including coordinated fire protection and grant programs to cooperatively manage forest health issues across all forest lands in Oregon. In 2016, the Forest Service signed a Good Neighbor Authority Agreement with the State of Oregon to increase the pace and scale of forest health and restoration projects. Now there are Good Neighbor projects underway on every national forest in the State of Oregon with the Forest Service and Oregon Department of Forestry working more closely and effectively on a wide variety of projects, including forest restoration, watershed restoration projects, timber sales, and other fuels reductions projects.

In May, the Forest Service signed a Shared Stewardship agreement with the Washington Department of Natural Resources. With this newly signed Oregon agreement, the Forest Service is well-positioned to work more effectively with our state partners on a landscape scale across the Pacific Northwest. 

Click on this link to be taken to a Facebook Live event recording of the signing.  Please follow this link to read the official agreement