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USFS Community-based Watershed Restoration Partnership (FY2000-2002)

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Contributors: United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service
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Over a century ago, public concern about adequate supplies of clean water contributed to the establishment of federally protected forest reserves. These reserves are now part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USDA Forest Service) National Forest System. In 1999, the USDA Forest Service refocused on this original purpose and established an innovative approach to restoring watersheds through partnerships—large-scale watershed restoration projects. The USDA Forest Service national office invested in 16 sites across the Nation. Prior to 1999, there wasn’t a strong push for collaboration. The USDA Forest Service determined what was right for the national forests; other land managers and landowners (both public and private) independently determined what was right for their lands. No one considered the total effects on the river basins; nor were attempts made to forecast catastrophic events. The USDA Forest Service has now realized that solutions to watershed issues require working collectively across mixed ownerships within a watershed. By collaborating with other Federal and State agencies, local communities, private landowners, and organizations, the USDA Forest Service can restore large watersheds to healthy and sustainable conditions. The Community-Based Watershed Restoration Partnerships have produced many important successes and outcomes in the short time they have existed. In addition to the resource work shown on page 3, they developed: ● Stronger public-private partnerships ● Greater knowledge of watershed conditions ● Improved watershed health ● Improved water quality and aquatic habitat conditions ● Livable fire-safe communities ● Improved forest health ● Reduced fire hazards ● Less fragmented forests ● Evaluations of restoration success ● More local commitment to watershed management and restoration The watershed partnerships wrote collaborative business plans to guide the work and established functioning working groups with diverse interests. Numerous Federal, State, and local governments; private parties; and nonprofits have been engaged in the projects. Keyword: Community-based Natural Forest Management North America

Author(s): United States Department of Agriculture , U.S. Forest Service

Publication Date: 2002

Location: North America

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