Four Forest Restoration Initiative

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. In ongoing collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, the four forests are working to plan and carry out landscape-scale restoration of the ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona.

The overall goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) is to restore the structure, pattern, composition, and health of fire-adapted ponderosa pine ecosystems, reducing fuels and the risk of unnaturally severe wildfires, and providing for 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.

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In addition to creating sustainable ecosystems, one of the key objectives is creating and developing 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. 


4FRI involves the entire suite of restoration efforts


  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...

Forest Service Announces Transfer of Forest Restoration Contract

A creek surrounded by forest on the Williams Ranger District of Kaibab National Forest.

The Forest Service has approved the transfer of the Phase 1 Four Forest Restoration Initiative stewardship contract to treat 300,000 acres over 10 years.

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Prescribed Burns and Radiation

Image of fire moving across the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

This information sheet addresses concerns raised regarding prescribed burning and radiation.

4FRI Flickr Photostream

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View images related to 4FRI by visiting our Flickr site.


Yellow Belly Ponderosa

Students perform in the Yellow Belly Ponderosa theatrical production.

4FRI supports the outreach efforts of Yellow Belly Ponderosa, a theatrical production by kids and for kids that includes forest health and restoration themes.

4FRI Stakeholder Group

A log deck of small-diameter trees.

Learn more about the 4FRI Stakeholder Group by visiting their website.

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