President Donald Trump, through an executive order, has directed the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture Departments to work more closely with states on wildfire mitigation and forest restoration efforts. The order specifically directs states to work together on reducing hazardous fuel loads, restoring watersheds and improving forest conditions on federal lands by using the best available expertise and resources. These directives must be met through the departmental support for road activities, existing and new Good Neighbor Authority agreements. These also include long-term stewardship contracts including 20-year contracts with states, tribes, non-profit organizations, communities, and the private sector. They must also maximize use of aerial systems to support wildfire prevention on federal lands. The order calls for a strategy to be developed by December 31, 2020.
Balanced Reporting. Trusted Insights. Tuesday, September 21, 2021