USDA and Arizona sign shared stewardship MOU to reduce wildfire risk

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey have agreed to a collaborative new framework to increase coordination and cooperation for work addressing forest health risks and wildfire across the state of Arizona.

Arizona's Shared Stewardship Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), would help accelerate the pace and scale of projects such as the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) that protect communities from wildfire and create healthy, resilient landscapes.

“This Memorandum of Understanding strengthens the already strong partnership between the Forest Service and the State of Arizona,” said Perdue.

“Through Shared Stewardship, Arizona and the Forest Service are working together to identify landscape-scale priorities and build capacity to improve forest conditions.”

“In Arizona we know addressing the threat of wildfire is a team effort that requires constant collaboration across local, state, and federal levels,” Ducey said.