PRESS RELEASE: State of Nevada-U.S. Forest Service Shared Stewardship Agreement includes the Service for the first time

An agreement for shared land stewardship in the state of Nevada was signed by the Service Pacific Southwest Regional Director Paul Souza, Governor of Nevada Steve Sisolak, USDA-FS Intermountain Region Regional Forester Nora Rasure and BLM State Director for Nevada Jon Raby. 

The agreement acknowledges that threats to Nevada’s ecosystems continue to increase, including large-scale wildfires and the invasion of non-native grasses, which compound fire challenges and degrade habitat for wildlife. To address these threats, the Forest Service announced a new strategy to work more closely with states. 

Since 2018, eight states have signed agreements. The Nevada agreement is the first to include the BLM and the Service. This broadened partnership is critical to the agreement's success as 86% of Nevada is federally owned. 

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