USDA Forest Service signs 11 new agreements to advance tribal co-stewardship of national forests

The US Department of Agriculture
November 30, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is announcing that it has signed 11 co-stewardship agreements with thirteen tribes as part the agency’s commitment to protect tribal interests in the lands they value as part of their culture and history. These agreements come in response to Joint Secretarial Order 3403, which directs agencies under the USDA and the Department of the Interior to ensure their decisions and activities on public lands fulfill the unique trust obligation with federally recognized Tribes and their citizens. In addition to the 11 co-stewardship agreements being announced today, there are 60 more in various stages of review involving 45 Tribes. Federally recognized Tribes are sovereign nations with long-standing government-to-government relationships with the federal government.

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