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Research Project: Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests Plan Revision - U.S. Agricultural Research Service Cooperating Agency Agreement

Location: Animal Disease Research

Project Number: 2090-32000-036-02-N
Project Type: Non-Funded Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 4, 2018
End Date: Aug 30, 2023

Objective:
This agreement is to document the cooperation between the parties to elicit the U.S. Agricultural Research Service to become cooperating agency with the U.S. Forest Service, acting as lead agency, for the purpose of preparing a revised Forest Land and Resource Management Plan (Plan) and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Approach:
The U.S. Forest Service recognizes that the U.S. Agricultural Research Service has knowledge, experience and expertise, with respect to environmental, economic, and social impacts/conditions to inform the proposed plan revision process as defined at 36 CFR 219, otherwise known as the 2012 Planning Rule. The U.S. Agricultural Research Service recognizes that the U.S. Forest Service has final decision-making authority regarding the scope of the analysis. In particular, the U.S. Forest Service is seeking assistance from the U.S. Agricultural Research Service to help provide knowledge and information that will help address management issues related to a better understanding of potential issues related to interactions between bighorn sheep and domestic sheep. The establishment of this MOU further promotes responsible, transparent, and timely dialogue during the Plan revision analysis between the U.S. Agricultural Research Service and the U.S. Forest Service in accordance with the following provisions.