California Partnership will Protect Wildlife and Public Lands

By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer 

A public-private partnership has been created in California to protect that state’s wildlife and public lands from forest fires.

The Forest Service, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries committed to the partnership to protect California spotted owls and other wildlife, as well as implementing strategies to reduce fire risks on public lands.

“The agreement leverages our combined resources to establish a strategic conservation framework to help protect over two million acres of forestland in areas where our respective land ownership and responsibilities align,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director and California’s state forester.

The partnering agencies will coordinate strategies and share information regarding wildlife habitats and wildfire management plans.

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