In April 2019, the USDA Forest Service Region 1 (Forest Service) and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (State) released a Shared Stewardship Leaders’ Intent letter. Signed by Forest Service Regional Forester Leanne Marten, State Director John Tubbs, and State Forester Sonya Germann, the letter communicates the agencies commitment to work together to advance:
- The Forest Service “Toward Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes: An Outcome-Based Investment Strategy” (Strategy), and
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s “Forests in Focus 2.0: A Cross-boundary Collaborative Approach” (Forests in Focus 2.0).
There are seven principles in the Leaders’ Intent letter outlining how the Forest Service and the State will partner to improve forest conditions and organize their work to address the two above initiatives:
- We will draw strength from our interdependence and diversity;
- We will organize our work together under all three tenets of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy;
- We will plan and implement across boundaries;
- We will value our partnerships and strive to identify shared outcomes;
- We will be innovative and effective;
- We will prioritize Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) as a joint program; and
- We will prioritize our work to revise and complete the Montana Forest Action Plan (FAP).
The content on this webpage was drafted and finalized in March 2020. Return to WFLC shared stewardship landing page.