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The trails of William Goodrich Jones State Forest stand empty April 3. Andy Li / Community Impact Newspaper

TX - Federal, State Leaders Take Steps to Streamline Forest Land Protection, Coastal Restoration Efforts in Texas

With the signing of a shared stewardship agreement July 16, Texas Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Gov. Greg Abbott made Texas the 15th state to take such steps to improve collaboration in responding to natural resource concerns and ecological challenges.

Also known as a memorandum of understanding, the agreement establishes a framework for federal and state agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service while building on the work of the Texas Forestry Council.

"This agreement strengthens the already strong partnership between the Forest Service and the State of Texas," Perdue said in a statement. "Through shared stewardship, Texas and the Forest Service will work together to identify landscape-scale priorities and build capacity to improve forest conditions."

According to the July 16 news release, the agreement will focus on encouraging strong, long-term forest management programs, promoting sound and scientific silvicultural practices, and aligning various agency land management activities to meet common goals.

"Generations of Texans have prioritized the responsible stewardship of our forest lands, and I am grateful to Secretary Perdue and this administration for their commitment to preserving this legacy," Abbott said in a statement. "This agreement is an important step toward strengthening our partnership with the federal government and renewing our commitment to responsible forest management. Working together, I am confident we will achieve the goals of this shared stewardship agreement and ensure a brighter future for the state of Texas."

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