Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program (U.S. DOI)

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) is directing the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. The FY 2015 President's Budget request included funding to establish a new "Resilient Landscapes" activity to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands by restoring natural vegetation landscapes to specific conditions and maintain fire resiliency. Subsequently, as a pilot initiative, Congress provided $10 million in the FY2015 Fuels Management program to fund resilient landscape activities. 

The Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program is a new approach by the DOI to achieve fire resiliency and restored health to public lands nationwide. Ten projects were selected to leverage matching funds for treatments that will affect tens of millions of acres of land, to improve the integrity and resilience of forests and rangelands. Projects are planned across a variety of locations including conifer forests, deserts and sagebrush-steppe in the West, and the coastal plain of the Southeast.

Selected projects take a landscape-scale approach that will start in 2015 and include a high level of collaboration with partners. The projects will promote the restoration and maintenance of landscapes resilient to fire-related disturbances on public lands. Funded at a scale to provide results in 5 to 10 years, the projects will significantly contribute to long-term outcomes.

The DOI selected ten FY2015 proposals for funding, as follows:

Bi-State Sage-Grouse; California and Nevada: Addresses fire and habitat resiliency for sage-grouse and wildlife, and bolsters the local economy; $395,000; BLM.

Bruneau-Owyhee; Idaho: Treat conifer encroachment to benefit fire resiliency and the greater sage-grouse habitat; $166,000; BLM.

Grant Grove Peninsula; California: Seeks to restore fire resiliency in Sequoia Groves and other conifer forests, benefitting watershed health and habitat for the Pacific Fisher; $89,000; NPS.

Greater Sheldon-Hart; Oregon, Nevada, and California: Focuses on restoring sagebrush shrub and native perennial grass/forb communities by controlling juniper expansion; $3,984,250; FWS.

Longleaf Pine - South Atlantic; Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina, and Virginia: Use prescribed burning to help restore resiliency in the fire-adapted Longleaf Pine ecosystem, benefitting the red-cockaded woodpecker and other state and federally listed species; $770,000; FWS.

Santa Clara Pueblo; New Mexico: Complete restoration of the natural fire regime, protecting ancient Cliff Dwellings, cultural sites, traditional food sources, and watershed health; $400,000; BIA.

Southern Arizona: Focus on control of buffelgrass, an exotic fire-adapted invasive grass in the Sonoran Desert; $150,750; NPS.

Southern Utah: Remove encroaching pinyon pine and juniper, diversify age class of sagebrush communities, establish desired understory to restore resilience, benefitting sagebrush-dependent wildlife; $2,605,000; BLM.

Southwest Colorado: Seeks to restore wildland fire and Utah resilience across the landscape, including sagebrush communities and river corridors; $557,000; BLM.

President Obama’s FY2016 Budget proposes $30 million for the program to provide multi-year support for landscape-scale projects and expand the program to new partnerships.

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Publication Date: June 16, 2015

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