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. 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. A key objective is doing this while creating sustainable ecosystems and industries in the long term. 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 jobs across northern Arizona.

Photomontage of 4FRI activities


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.

What's Happening in our Forests?

Mist among the trees highlights the sun as it shines through a patch of ponderosa pine.

An animated short by Aspen Center for Environmental Studies exploring how forests affect, and are affected by, the forces around them.

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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

Flickr Image

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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Key Contacts

The Forest Service has staffed a core team focused on advancing the first 4FRI project through the collaborative process, planning and implementation.

The 4FRI Team is stationed at the Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office, (928) 527-3600. 

Four Forest Restoration Initiative Logo with Arizona state map with tree symbolos

4FRI Stakeholder Group Logo

Map showing the boundaries of 4FRI in the state of Arizona.

4FRI Boundary Map Link opens in a Pdf Document