Shared Stewardship Agreement Texas


AUSTIN — Governor Greg Abbott today hosted Agriculture Minister Sonny Purdue for the signing ceremony of the flight attendant agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state of Texas. The Shared Air Hostess Agreement establishes a framework for federal and state authorities to improve cooperation on responding to natural resources and environmental challenges in Texas. The agreement is between the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Texas A&M Forest Service. As part of the agreement, the State of Utah and the USDA Forest Service will focus on landscape-scale forest restoration activities that protect vulnerable communities and watersheds. The shared stewardess responds to the urgent and growing challenges facing forest managers and owners in Utah and across the country, including catastrophic wildfires, invasive species, droughts, and insect and disease outbreaks. Prolonged fire seasons and the increasing size and severity of wildfires are of particular concern, as well as the increasing risk to communities, water sources, wildlife habitat, air quality and firefighter safety. In February 2020, the Hawaii Department of Forestry and Wildlife signed an air maintenance agreement with the USDA Forest Service to increase the scope and scale of critical forest treatments. In December 2018, the Department of Idaho signed a joint management agreement and identified several project areas to exercise common stewardess principles and reduce the risk of wildfire. To learn more about Idaho`s shared hostess program, click here.

The Utah Department of Natural Resources entered into a joint management agreement in May 2019. In July 2019, Utah Governor Herbert announced that up to $20 million will be spent on joint stewardess projects over the next four years. The agreement is available here at the following link: Shared Stewardship in Texas (PDF, 273 KB). The agreement, also known as the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is between the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture – and the Texas Department of Park and Wildlife and the Texas A&M Forest Service. Texas is the 15th state to approve a shared stewardess framework that uses a modern, collaborative approach to focus on landscape-scale forest restoration activities to protect vulnerable communities and watersheds in all countries. The agreement with Texas will focus on promoting strong long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and science-based forest practices, and guiding different land management activities of agencies to achieve common goals. And since forest action plans form the basis for joint decision-making and priority setting for U.S. forest management, the State of Nebraska and the USDA Forest Service entered into a joint stewardess agreement in September 2020 to promote forest and grassland restoration throughout the state, with a focus on protecting threatened communities and watersheds from forest fires.

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