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USDA, Georgia sign shared stewardship agreement

On Nov. 23, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to sign a shared stewardship agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the State of Georgia. The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

The agreement strengthens the commitment between federal and state agencies to work together to accomplish mutual natural resource management goals, further common interests, and effectively respond to the increasing ecological challenges and natural resource concerns in Georgia. Specifically, the agreement establishes a framework for collaboration between USDA's Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

In addition to providing a framework for how the federal and state agencies will work together, the agreement outlines the importance of ensuring meaningful participation from state and local partners such as Georgia's State Parks, Georgia Department of Transportation, Conservation Districts, and non-governmental conservation organizations.

Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Vicki Christiansen, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Mark Williams, Georgia Forestry Commission State Forester Chuck Williams, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division Director Rusty Garrison joined Secretary Perdue and Governor Kemp at the ceremony.

The agreement can be found at