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Shared Stewardship

Urgent land management challenges like extreme wildfires, severe drought and invasive species do not recognize borders or boundary lines. Through Shared Stewardship, the Forest Service is coming together with tribal governments, states, and other partners to address these challenges and explore opportunities to improve forest health and resiliency across management jurisdictions. This collaborative approach to land management builds on a long history of partnerships to manage the nation's forests and grasslands.

News & Announcements



  • Conservation Finance Program – Developing innovative finance models that engage private capital by creating investment opportunities that align environmental, social, and financial outcomes.
  • Good Neighbor Authority – Congressional authority to enter into agreements with states, tribes, and local governments.
  • Stewardship End Result Contracting –  20-year stewardship agreements help achieve land management goals while meeting local and rural community needs.
  • New categorical exclusions –  Internal NEPA procedures and directives and direction on how to use new categorical exclusions.
  • Forest Service and Tribal Partnerships – Examples of partnerships between tribal governments and the Forest Service
  • Tribal Forest Protection Act – Directs the agency and provides ways to work with tribes to improve forest health across agency and tribal lands.
  • 638 Agreements – Mechanism developed under Tribal Forest Protection Act to develop project agreements between the agency and tribes. 
  • Secure Rural Schools Act – The Secure Rural Schools program provides critical funding for schools, roads, and other municipal services to more than 700 counties across the U.S. and Puerto Rico..
  • Wildfire Risk to Communities – An interactive site to help community planners and fire managers assess and reduce risk to homes, businesses and other valued resources.
  • From Ideas to Action Guidebook -  Rural Voices For Conservation Coalition's (RVCC) created this guide for funding and authorities for collaborative restoration.

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Shared Stewardship Agreements

Map of the United States with many highlighted states in blue; meaning that these states have signed a Shared Stewardship agreement.

Success Stories