CARSON CITY, Nevada…U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has approved ten areas within the national forest in Nevada as priorities for projects to combat damage from insects and disease that weakens forests and increases the risk of wildfire.
Responding to a provision in the new Farm Bill, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval had requested that the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service designate these areas for forest health projects. The designation will provide the Forest Service, working collaboratively with the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) and other stakeholders, additional tools, and flexibility to more efficiently plan and implement restoration treatments as funding becomes available.
“The ability to proactively manage National Forest lands within the State of Nevada is important to the preservation and safety of our communities,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack and the U.S. Forest Service for their recognition and commitment to these project areas.”
Treatments could include forest thinning to reduce competition for water, sunlight and nutrients that can cause trees to be at increased risk for insect infestation or disease, or thinning to remove trees that are already affected. Thinning projects reduce the possibility that an entire stand of trees could be destroyed by wildfire.
“With the focus on Wildfire Awareness Month in May, we’re pleased to announce this collaborative effort between NDF and the Forest Service,” said Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson. “Forest health projects in these areas would greatly reduce the risk of severe wildfire to nearby communities.”
The Forest Service and NDF worked closely together to identify areas that are:
[Map showing Healthy Forest Restoration Act designated lands in Nevada]
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