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Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration

Sage grouse and cattle on a grassland. Burned and unburned grassland. Pronghorn antelope. Firefighting vehicles waiting for a herd of cattle to cross a road. A community shrouded in the smoke of a forest fire. Firefighters burning fuels in advance of a wildfire. Pygmy rabbit. A firefighter standing in front of intense flames burning in brush and grasses.

On January 5, 2015, U. S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell signed Secretarial Order Number 3336, Rangeland Fire Prevention, Management, and Restoration (“Order”) (PDF, 86 KB). The Order sets in motion actions to enhance the protection, conservation, and restoration of a healthy sagebrush-steppe ecosystem, and to address important public safety, economic, cultural, and social concerns. This effort builds upon the experience and success of addressing rangeland fire and the broader wildland fire prevention, suppression and restoration efforts to date. This includes the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and the recent The Next Steppe: Sage-Grouse and Rangeland Fire in the Great Basin conference, and ensures improved coordination with local, state, tribal and regional efforts to address the threat of rangeland fire at a landscape-level.

A Rangeland Fire Task Force, led by the Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary, is established to review existing policies and programs; seek input from partners; and develop a science-based strategy to reduce the threat of large-scale rangeland fire.

The Task Force will submit to the Secretary of the Interior two reports: an Initial Report (PDF, 1.8 MB) that identifies immediate actions to implement prior to the 2015 Western fire season and a Final Report (PDF, 4.5 MB) of future activities to implement during calendar year 2015 and beyond. Interagency Federal Task Groups will work in collaboration with tribes, state and local governmental partners, and other stakeholders to develop these reports.

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Last modified: Monday, 10-Apr-2017 12:48:06 CDT