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USDA invests $500M into Renewed Wildfire Prevention Efforts, Alliances

Tribal partners working with the US Forest Service have a chance to bolster their capacity for wildfire fighting and prevention projects thanks to a $500 million investment announced by the USDA during a Tuesday press call.

The investment includes $400 million to support ongoing efforts across 21 priority landscapes, including many regions that include tribal forests, projects and communities, as well as $100 million to launch the Collaborative Wildfire Risk Reduction Program (CWRRP).

Tribes in 24 qualifying states are among eligible partners for the CWRRP, which will focus funding on "non-traditional partners" representing minority and underserved communities. The $100 million of funding, which comes through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), will be allocated through a competitive internal process, per the program's website.


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