USDA Forest Service to invest $16.2 million to restore forests

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced it will invest $16.2 million to restore forests across tribal, state and private lands. These funded projects mark the first time the Forest Service will make Landscape Scale Restoration program grants directly available to federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Corporations to restore priority forest landscapes on tribal lands, including trust lands, reservation lands, and other lands owned by tribes.

The Forest Service selected 64 proposed projects for fiscal year 2023 to help Tribes, state agencies, local governments, and partners restore healthy, resilient, climate-adapted forests, including $3 million to restore landscapes on tribal lands.

The Landscape Scale Restoration program also supports Forest Service 10-year strategy to protect communities from catastrophic wildfire.

Along with funding to Tribes, $13.2 million is being invested in 53 landscape-scale projects through three non-profits representing state forestry organizations. Examples include projects to reduce wildfire risk across the West, restore longleaf pine in the Southeast, and combat invasive species and restoring water quality in the Northeast and Midwest.  

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