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Community-Based Watershed Restoration Partnerships
In cooperation with local communities, the USDA's Forest Service is working to restore watersheds, using public and private resources and time donated by individuals and groups. Sixteen partnerships, located in 25 states and the District of Columbia, are demonstrating innovative ways to improve watersheds, water quality, forests, rangeland, and endangered species habitats on a river-basin scale. These multi-year projects are developed in partnership with other Federal agencies, State, local, and tribal governments, communities, and private landowners. These restoration activities have improved water quality, increased fish populations, promoted healthier wetlands and forests, reduced insect infestations and disease, protected stream banks, improved wildlife habitat, and controlled the spread of invasive plants. In the last three years, the Forest Service has invested over $68 million, and its partners have contributed more than $60 million.
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