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USA Forest Service and State of Utah sign Shared Stewardship Agreement

July 19, 2019

Jerry Smith, UFWDA Director of Environmental Affairs

“Agreements like this appear good on paper but must have action and consequences” comments UFWDA Director of Environmental Affairs, Jerry Smith.

“The USFS must make a complete reversal of its “Protect and Preserve” philosophy before anything of value will happen in our severely unhealthy forests.”

As part of this Shared Stewardship Agreement, the State of Utah and the USDA Forest Service are working together to identify and map priority landscapes that will guide activities across jurisdictional boundaries. Utah and the Forest Service will work in partnership to restore these priority landscapes using all tools available, including existing programs such as Utah’s Watershed Restoration Initiative and the Governor’s Catastrophic Wildfire Reduction Strategy.

“This agreement is about setting priorities together and combining resources to achieve healthier forests for the people of Utah,” said Secretary Perdue. “We will use every available authority and tool at our disposal to support partnership efforts to improve forest health and target treatments in areas with the highest payoffs. We want to leave America’s forests better than we found them and that means creating meaningful stewardship partnerships that proactively keep our forests healthy.”

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