Collaboration & Public Involvement

"I have lived in Arizona my whole life. These landscapes and the people around me have shaped the person I am today. I want to do better for our natural resources. We have all the tools we need at our disposal. Now is our opportunity to effect positive change across this landscape."

— Henry Provencio, 4FRI Innovations & Efficiencies Coordinator

Effective public participation is the key to success for a large project like the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Public participation promotes better decisions and greater understanding of those decisions. We want to work with you in an open, collaborative manner on all of the various 4FRI projects. Please contact us to let us know your ideas and how you would like to interact with us as we move forward.

Help with environmental analyses

Within 4FRI are multiple planning efforts - completed, underway, and upcoming. The Forest Supervisors of the Coconino, Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests are committed to providing opportunities for public participation that exceed the minimum required by NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act). 

  • The largest of the 4FRI projects is also the largest in Forest Service history. The Rim Country Environmental Impact Statement is analyzing potential restoration treatments on 1.5 million acres on the Coconino, Tonto, and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests near and around the communities of Blue Ridge, Payson, Pinetop/Lakeside, and Heber/Overguard, AZ. Project planning is expected to continue through 2019 and will include multiple opportunities for the public to submit formal comments to the public record, but public input is always welcome and valued outside of the formal comment periods as well.  
  • Each of the four National Forests also have other projects of more traditional size in various stages of the NEPA process.

4FRI Stakeholders Group

The 4FRI Stakeholders Group has been instrumental in the success of the first large-scale planning effort within 4FRI - the 4FRI 1st EIS on the Coconino and Kaibab, and their involvement continues to be invaluable during the planning of the second large-scale project - the Rim Country EIS - and implementation of all the various restoration treatments throughout the Initiative.

Monitoring

Monitoring links land management with learning. By monitoring the effect of 4FRI restoration treatments, the Forest Service can adapt treatments to account for changing conditions and new information. 

Through partnerships with various stakeholders, multiple monitoring efforts are underway and are being planned for the future, including some efforts being accomplished with the help of volunteer citizen scientists.

Volunteering

Restoration is more than just commercial mechanical thinning or prescribed fire -- it's the entire suite of treatments from road and trail maintenance, to reforestation, to aspen protection projects. Stay tuned to the volunteer pages of the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests to see how you can help with these crucial effirts. 

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

4FRI Stakeholder Group Logo


A firefighter uses a drip torch during a prescribed burn on Coconino National Forest.

"Many of our forest and grassland ecosystems are so out-of-whack that they can't respond to natural processes, such as fire or drought, in a resilient manner. By implementing 4FRI, we have a chance to restore these ecosystems to healthy conditions so they have a chance to survive, while showing other folks that it CAN be done." -- Mary Lata, 4FRI Fire Ecologist

 



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