Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project (previously Rim Lakes Forest Health Pjct)

The project objective is to conserve and restore the Rim Lakes landscape to make the forest ecosystem more sustainable over time and resilient to natural disturbances such as drought and climatic variability, insects, disease, fire and wind.

– Restoring forest health – Restoring forest structure to a variable-density, uneven-aged forest structure with all age classes represented (existing structure is uneven and even-aged, and high-density with few canopy gaps/openings)

– Restoring frequent, periodic surface fire as an ecological process to cycle nutrients, and assist with maintenance of vegetation and other ecosystem functions

– Improving hydrologic function, wildlife and fish habitats, and scenic quality are expected outcomes from the proposed treatments

The project purpose and need is derived from:

Forest Plan Direction

Local issues related to short and long-term ecological functions of the project landscape

  • Fire behavior and ecological effects
  • Quality and sustainability of wildlife and fish populations and habitats
  • Hydrologic function
  • Forest vegetation health and long-term sustainability

Local issues related to social/economics

  • Community wildfire protection

Additional Information

Rim Lakes Forest Restoration Project Public meeting - April 11, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Frontier Room of the Navajo County Public Health Building, 600 N. 9th Place in Show Low, Arizona.

Rim Lakes Forest Heatlh Regional Presentation (.1mb pdf)

Purpose and Need Presentation (6 mb pdf)

Silviculture Report (2 mb pdf)

Comparison of Alternatives Summary Table (.1 mb pdf)

Meeting Agenda: Rim Lakes Ecosystem Management Area Project Analysis Summary Meeting Agenda for White Mountain Stewardship Multi-Party Monitoring Board,and other stakeholders Show Low, AZ, April 21, 2011 (.6 mb pdf)

Project Overview (links to Projects area of this website)