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State-federal effort ID's forest priorities in NV

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm •  Published: May 25, 2014

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Ten areas in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada have been selected as top priorities for projects to combat damage from insects and disease that increases wildfire risk.

Plans under the state-federal effort announced this week include forest thinning to reduce the risk of insect infestation or disease, and to remove dead and dying trees. Thinning projects reduce the possibility that an entire stand of trees could be burned by wildfire, officials said.

In response to a provision in a new farm bill passed by Congress, Gov. Brian Sandoval urged U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to designate the 10 areas for special attention.

The designations will allow the Forest Service and Nevada Division of Forestry to more efficiently plan and implement projects as funding becomes available, officials said.

"The ability to proactively manage national forest lands within the state of Nevada is important to the preservation and safety of our communities," Sandoval said in a statement.

The priority areas include the Lee Canyon, Deer Creek and Kyle Canyon watersheds in Clark County, and the Hidden Valley-Steamboat and Franktown-Frontal Washoe Lake watersheds in Washoe County.

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