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.
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.