The Chairman’s Initiative of Montana Governor Steve Bullock, the "National Forest and Rangeland Management Initiative," creates a mechanism for states and land managers to share best practices and policy options for forest and rangeland management. The work of the initiative will position Western Governors to recommend congressional efforts to improve forest management and encourage effective collaboration throughout the West. Visit this page to find best practices in forest and rangeland management, success stories and other resources.
Invasive and noxious weeds pose an increasing threat to many of the nation’s public forests and rangelands. Wilderness Invasion is a short documentary that highlights the efforts being made by states, federal agencies, and private landowners to help combat these threats. The video was made with the support of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Forest Service, among others. Watch it here.
State forest fire compacts reduce wildfire suppression costs for local, state and federal jurisdictions by allowing states to share personnel and equipment and by minimizing the firefighting burden on any single state during periods of high fire occurrence. The Alliance of Forest Fire Compacts is a consortium of 43 states and several Canadian provinces and territories. Forest fire compacts with western states include:
The Pinchot Institute for Conservation was founded in 1964 with the mission to strengthen forest conservation thought, policy, and action by developing innovative, practical, and broadly-supported solutions to conservation challenges and opportunities. Through its ongoing partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the Institute has conducted nonpartisan research on several forest policy issues related to Gov. Bullock’s Chairman's Initiative. Studies include:
In 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) partnered with The Nature Conservancy to release a five-year report on the USFS’s Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. The report gives details on 23 different collaborative programs across the US, and offers recommendations for successful collaboratives. Other collaborative guides include:
The 2014 Farm Bill created or permanently authorized several tools that help federal forest managers better collaborate with states, local governments and community stakeholder groups. These authorities and their application will be a major focus of Gov. Bullock’s Chairman’s Initiative. At a glance:
The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), which spans 2.4 million acres across the Mogollon Rim of northern Arizona, is the largest landscape-scale restoration project in the U.S. A collaborative effort with over 30 stakeholder groups and staff from the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, 4FRI will treat 30,000 acres annually for the next 20 years. The initiative aims to:
The Wildland Fire Leadership Council (WFLC) was established in 2002 as an intergovernmental committee to support the implementation and coordination of Federal Fire Management Policy. To achieve this, the WFLC developed the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy to seek national, all-lands solutions to wildland fire management issues. The first of its kind, the strategy addresses the nation's wildfire problems by focusing on three key areas:
The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's nerve center for wildland firefighting. Federal and state agencies use a collaborative model to provide support for wildland fires, as well as "all-risk” incidents such as floods, hurricanes and earthquakes. Participating agencies include: