Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

A pinecone is placed next to a very small pine tree that has just been planted in loose bare soil. A man spreads gravel in a wide track covered by black plastic and several medium-sized rocks. Brown sign in a meadow states 'Area being protected to preserve vegetation and wildlife values.' Aerial view of a meadow near 6 small ponds with a shallow stream winding through it. Close-up underwater photo of two coho salmon. Low fire flames on forested hill in smokey air that don't appear to be affecting the scattered trees. Bulldozer breaks up the soil along what was previously a dirt road running through a dense forest. A woman stands near a backhoe digging a stream channel through a grassy meadow in a dense forest. Tree trunks and large rocks lying across the surface of an unimproved road in a forest.

Regional leadership has committed to incorporating feedback into this document as needed to ensure that the Implementation Plan reflects and is responsive to new information, partnerships, and conditions.

The Implementation Plan is organized into the following chapters:

Chapter 1: Region 5 Ecological Restoration Leadership Intent

The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. It is our intent to establish a regional vision and corresponding goals for Ecological Restoration consistent with this mission and the laws, regulations and policies that guide National Forest management.

Chapter 2: Overarching Strategies

Strategies the Region will use to meet the Leadership Intent. This includes Regional methods to increase the pace and scale of restoration and to increase large scale restoration with an all lands approach. This chapter includes actions accomplished and ongoing and planned actions under each strategy.

Chapter 3: Pacific Southwest Region Partnership

Strategic thinking on how to increase the effectiveness of existing partnerships and to develop new partnerships to help implementation of the Leadership Intent. Both the Region's strategy and Pacific Southwest Research Station strategy are included.

Chapter 4: Pacific Southwest Regional Directors' Integrated Action Plan

The Regional Directors' vision and commitment for integration of programs and budgets to improve and increase restoration actions on the ground.

Chapter 5: Socioeconomic Dimensions of Restoration

A discussion of how embracing a sound restoration approach includes ecological, economic and social outcomes and a commitment to utilize and monitor this triple bottom line approach.

Chapter 6: National Forest Ecological Restoration Implementation Plan

Includes current thinking on the Forest's unique niche in restoration, specific Forest strategies to increase restoration work within existing resource constraints, the Forest's focus in coming years, past accomplishments that exemplify future work, and Partnership opportunities.