Westerman Joins Perdue, Hutchinson for Shared Stewardship Agreement Signing
Today, U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) joined Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as they signed a Shared Stewardship agreement. U.S. Reps. French Hill (R-Ark.) and Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) were also in attendance. Westerman issued the following statement:
“The federal government cannot possibly oversee every aspect of American agriculture effectively, which is why the Forest Service’s Shared Stewardship Strategy is so important. Local stakeholders and officials are far more equipped to meet needs on the ground, protect wildland urban interfaces and enact best practices. This community involvement is best for long-term forest health. I’m so glad to see Arkansas collaborating with USFS, and hope this is the start of many more effective partnerships to come.
The United States Forest Service (USFS) introduced Shared Stewardship Strategy as a means of addressing forestry challenges on a local level. Many forest land managers are facing wildfires, pest infections and more public demand, and need the input of USFS officials.
Shared Stewardship Agreements ensure that forest managers have the tools they need to steward their land, as well as increase the scope and scale of forest treatments. At the same time, these managers will provide valuable input to USFS regarding the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of these projects.