Forest Restoration Initiative Overview
Four Forest Restoration Initiative
Restoring our forests through collaborative landscape-scale initiatives.
Four national forests - the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto - are actively engaged in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwestern Region. Through 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 goals of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) are to restore the structure, pattern, composition, and health of fire-adapted ponderosa pine ecosystems, reduce fuels and the risk of unnaturally severe wildfires, and provide for wildlife and plant diversity. Doing so involves a full suite of restoration projects that are carried out by Forest Service personnel, partners and volunteers, and contractors.
In addition to creating sustainable ecosystems, one of the key objectives is creating and developing sustainable industries. It is crucial to have appropriately-scaled businesses to harvest, process, and sell wood products. The restoration-based work opportunities are expected to create a variety of jobs across northern Arizona.
Wildfire Crisis Strategy (WCS)
In January 2023, the Chief of the Forest Service announced 11 additional WCS Landscapes in the western United States.
The USDA Forest Service recognized the need to protect communities and values at risk. As a result, 10 Priority Landscapes were identified.
Review and download 4FRI images and descriptions on our Flickr site.
This video from Arizona Elk Society highlights the work of hundreds of volunteers on the Long Valley Riparian Meadow Restoration Project. Their efforts have helped to restore natural flows of this high elevation meadow on the Coconino National Forest.