Four national forests are actively engaged in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwestern Region. Those forests are the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto. Together with a diverse group of stakeholders, the four forests are working to collaboratively plan and carry out landscape-scale restoration of ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona.
The overall goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is to restore the structure, pattern and composition of fire-adapted ecosystems, which will provide for fuels reduction, forest health, and wildlife and plant diversity. Doing so will involve a variety of restoration projects and rely on Forest Service personnel, partners and volunteers, and contractors to see them through.
In addition to creating sustainable ecosystems, one of the key objectives is creating sustainable industries. Appropriately-scaled businesses will likely play a key role in the effort by harvesting, processing and selling wood products. The restoration-based work opportunities are expected to create a variety of jobs across northern Arizona.
The 4 Forest Restoration Initiative is commonly associated the Task Orders of the Phase 1 Stewardship Contract (held by Good Earth Power AZ), but 4FRI isn't just a stewardship contract. In fact, it isn't even just about thinning.
In addition to the Phase 1 Contract Task Orders, multiple other restoration projects continue to be implemented across the four forests...