USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue joined Utah Governor Gary Herbert in May 2019 to sign the Utah Agreement for Shared Stewardship (Agreement) between the State of Utah (State) and the USDA Forest Service Region 4 (Forest Service).
At the core of the Agreement are six jointly developed commitments by the State and the Forest Service. These mutual commitments adapt the Forest Service’s “Toward Shared Stewardship Across Landscapes: An Outcome-Based Investment Strategy” (Strategy) to Utah’s unique conditions and will guide collective actions. Together, the State and the Forest Service are committed to:
- Existing partnerships, programs, and initiatives that have been successful in Utah;
- Working together to identify and map shared priorities for protecting at-risk communities and watersheds across all lands;
- Making joint decisions and sharing resources for immediate and ongoing work in priority areas;
- Engaging local communities in dialogue and learning about active management and desired landscape-scale outcomes, including capacity building and economic development opportunities;
- Shared planning efforts, including the integration of Utah’s Forest Action Plan (FAP) and the Forest Service’s Five-Year Vegetation Management Plans; and
- Co-managing wildfire risks and supporting each other in decisions that they have made together.
The content on this webpage was drafted and finalized in March 2020. Return to WFLC shared stewardship landing page.