450,000 acres of Nevada treated for wildfires in past 2 years

The Tamarack Fire burns across Highway 395 in this U.S. Forest Service photo.

The Tamarack Fire burns across Highway 395 in this U.S. Forest Service photo.

Gov. Steve Sisolak said state and federal agencies have conducted forest and rangeland projects on more than 450,000 acres to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the state.
He said those projects were done under the Shared Stewardship Agreement formed by state and federal land management agencies across the West. That is a 47 percent annual increase over previous years.
Sisolak said for the first time in more than a decade, more acres were treated than burned by wildfires in Nevada.
Shared Stewardship pools the resources of all those agencies to work collaboratively to make progress on the create and maintain healthy forests and rangelands and create fire-adapted communities across the region.
“Wildfires have become an existential threat in Nevada for our families, communities, economy and the natural landscapes we love,” said Brad Crowell, head of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “Reducing wildfire starts with proactive management of Nevada’s forests and rangelands to create healthy, resilient landscapes.”
He said that requires collaboration and coordination at all levels, which is the goal of the Shared Stewardship Agreement.

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