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Federal Land Management

Pinchot focus areas:

Climate & Energy
Federal Land Management: Reporting to Congress on the Success of the HFQLG Act
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In 1998 Congress passed the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act of October 21, 1998 (Act), with the aim of pilot testing a new set of techniques and collaborative approach to managing a major portion of three national forests in California.  The Lassen, Plumas and Tahoe National Forests represent one of the most dynamic intersections of different expectations of national forests.  The HFQLG pilot project was designed as a chance to see if all the interests could come together and fashion a plan with the Forest Service to sustain habitat for the California spotted owl, maintain and restore watersheds supporting trout fisheries and providing water supplies for the northern part of the state, sustain the forest products industry, and provide beautiful recreation lands—in the face of recurrent catastrophic wildfires.  One of the overarching purposes of the Act was to test how these many values can continue as the foundation for stable local communities.

The Forest Service selected the Pinchot Insitute to review the results of the unprecedented pilot project commissioned by Congress.  The review is midstream and will be completed in 2011.  The results will be reported to Congress.

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