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Agreement signed to protect wildlife, reduce wildfire risk

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The U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining their agreement to work together to conserve California spotted owls and other wildlife while coordinating wildfire risk reduction measures on federal, state and SPI lands in California. “The Forest Service is committed to working with our state agency partners and the timber industry in California to conserve wildlife, and reduce the risk of wildfire,” said Randy Moore, Regional Forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region. “We would like to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work and encouragement in this area, and we look forward to our continued collaboration. We believe this MOU is an excellent example of how government and the private sector can work together to address important safety and environmental issues.” “This agreement is an important step for the future of California spotted owls,” said Jennifer Norris, supervisor of the Sacramento office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Collaboration and partnership is essential for the management of these sensitive wildlife habitats.” “This MOU furthers vital [...]

 

Read more: http://wildlife.org/agreement-signed-to-protect-wildlife-reduce-wildfire-risk/

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