In August 2020, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission entered into a joint trust agreement with three USDA agencies: Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency. In September 2019, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of North Carolina (NC Forest Service) and the USDA Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service entered into a joint trust agreement. In October 2020, state forests in Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia signed a joint loyalty agreement with the USDA Forest Service to strengthen their cooperation in setting forest management priorities in the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay. To address these threats in Nevada and other states, the Forest Service announced a new strategy in 2018 to strengthen cooperation with states to prioritize targeted treatment in areas with the highest payments. Since then, the Forest Service has signed co-management management agreements with eight states. The Nevada Shared Stewardship Agreement is the first to be signed by the U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In August 2020, the State of Wyoming and the USDA committed to jointly restoring forests and grasslands in all Wyoming lands. The agreement sets out common principles and priorities for joint planning, resource pooling and additional investment in existing partnerships and cooperation programs. The Idaho Forest Action Plan (FAP) was developed by the Idaho Department of Lands in collaboration with many other agencies and organizations.
Its main objective is to ensure that federal and regional funds are concentrated in the landscape areas that are most likely to address common priorities. The FAP Resource Assessment provides a geostrategy analysis of conditions and trends for all wooded areas of Idaho. The resource strategy identifies the threat and benefit management strategies identified in the spatial assessment. The Idaho PAF, first developed in 2010, has been updated and revised, resulting in Idaho`s new 2020 Action Plan. The Idahos Shared Stewardship Priority Landscapes relied primarily on spatial threat analysis in the assessment of FAP resources. The Utah Department of Natural Resources entered into a joint management agreement in May 2019. In July 2019, Utah Governor Herbert announced that up to US$20 million will be spent on joint trust projects over the next four years. The Oregon Department of Forestry entered into a joint management agreement in August 2019.
The main objective of the agreement is to create a space for the development of common priorities and a comprehensive assessment of national needs. “With the agreement of the Nevada Shared Management, the State of Nevada, the Forest Service, BLM and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will develop our working relationships to track the right work in the right place at the right level,” said Nora Rasure, Regional Guardian of the U.S. Forest Service Intermountain. “As catastrophic forest fires threaten all of our shared values, our first goal will be to create more resilient and resilient landscapes for forest fires and other disturbances for the benefit of Nevada communities, the rural economy and wildlife.” In September 2020, the State of Nebraska and the USDA Forest Service signed a joint loyalty agreement to promote forest and grassland rehabilitation across the state, with a focus on protecting vulnerable communities and watersheds from forest fires. In November 2019, the HEAD of the USDA Forest Service and the Governor of New Mexico signed a joint management agreement to strengthen relations while representing different interests in natural resources in public forest areas.