Usfs Master Stewardship Agreement
Golden State is the youngest state to have signed a shared management agreement with the USFS. It is interesting to note that nearly half of the state dollars invested in fuel management in recent years have been spent on federal states. SACRAMENTO – In an important step in improving the management of California`s forests, the newsom administration and the U.S. Forest Service today announced a new joint state initiative to reduce the risk of forest fires, restore watersheds, protect habitat and biodiversity, and help the state meet its climate goals. In particular, California and the U.S. Forest Service have committed, through this agreement, to jointly carry out the following activities: the USDA Forestry Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Department of the Interior have been granted new authority to implement trust and agreement contracts in Section 8205 of Public Law 113-79 Agricultural Act of 2014 (PDF, 75 KB). The Agriculture Act 2014 provides the Forestry Service and the Bureau of Land Management Authority to entrust co-construction projects for up to ten years to individuals or public or private organizations, in order to provide, on mandate or in reissue, services to achieve land management objectives for forests or national public spaces that meet the needs of local and rural municipalities. Section 8205 replaces the authority of the forest service in Section 347. Agreements can be used for the awarding of trust contracts. The following agreements were provided as an example of how forest service management agreements are being implemented. There may be updates for official models of stewardship agreements since these examples were published. Forest service staff should visit the internal Grants and Agreements site to search for the current version of the model that can be used to develop a new trust agreement. One of the features of the licensing rules is to allow Forest Service and the BLM to apply the value of wood or other forest products withdrawn in compensation for the costs of the services received, applying surplus project revenues to other approved administrative projects, selecting contracts and agreements based on “best value” and awarding a contract or agreement of up to 10 years that can stimulate long-term investment in the local community.
Trust contracts can be used for treatments to improve, preserve or restore the health of forests or land; Restoring or maintaining water quality Improving the habitat of fish and wildlife; and reduce hazardous fuels that pose risks to communities and ecosystem values. “Cooperation between state and federal authorities on forest health and resilience is essential,” said Vicki Christiansen, chief of the U.S. Forest Service. “The Forest Service has the opportunity to collaborate on restoration projects across the state and to share science and research to address issues that help care for land and serve people. We are pleased to expand our partnership with California to enhance our collaboration through this shared management agreement with California. Section 604 (16 USC 6591c) of Public Law 108-148, as amended by Section 8205 of Public Act 113-79, the Agricultural Act of 2014 – gives forest services and the Land Management Office permanent authority to enter into administrative contracts or agreements to achieve land management objectives for national forests or public spaces that meet the needs of local and rural communities. Section 8205 replaces the temporary power of attorney granted to the forest service in Section 347 of Public Act 105-277, Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Appropriations Act, 1999.
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