BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Andrus Center for Public Policy has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to bring together federal, state, tribal and other entities to find ways to reduce the severity of rangeland wildfires.

The center will receive $100,000 a year over five years to host a series of small workshops and conferences that will also look at ways to restore fire-damaged landscapes. Andrus Center Chairman and former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus in a statement released Tuesday says it's imperative that effective strategies are developed to protect Western ecosystems.

The center will produce papers and publications following the gatherings. The center will also produce written agreements that might be developed between participating entities during the gatherings.