Western Governors and U.S. Department of Agriculture sign MOU for Collaborative Land Management

Hawai’i Governor David Ige and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue sign the MOU. Photo: WGA   On December 12, 2018, the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to “establish a framework to allow the Forest Service and WGA to work collaboratively to accomplish mutual goals,..

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Issue #63 – 2018 Farm Bill, Executive Order 13855 and DOI Secretarial Order 3372 and their Impact on Implementing the Cohesive Strategy

  Fuel breaks work on the Badger Creek Fire in Wyoming. Photo: USFS *updated January 31st to include corrections and the DOI Secretarial Order in response to the Executive Order. Just prior to the partial government shutdown, Congress approved and the President signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, aka the Farm Bill. In December the President..

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Issue #63 – Biomass Decision May Save Largest Forest Restoration Effort in the Nation

The only biomass plant in Arizona.  The Novo Power 38 megawatt power plant in Snowflake.  Photo: Karen Warnick, White Mountain Independent. In late December the Arizona Corporation Commission agreed to require the state’s utilities to buy or produce 90 megawatts of energy annually from biomass — saving the forest restoration industry from collapse. While the..

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