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.
The Lockett Meadow project is an initiative to provide fuelwood from restoration projects to elderly and in need tribal members through partnerships and collaboration.
The Forest Service has issued the 4FRI Phase 2 Stewardship Request for Proposals, which may result in one or more large-scale long-term mechanical thinning contracts.
Rim Country Project - Story Map
This story map is designed as a supplement to the draft environmental impact statement for the Rim Country project.
Forest Restoration and You Brochure
This brochure, Forest Restoration and You, was developed by the 4FRI Stakeholders Group. Hard copies are available at Forest Service offices.
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4FRI Flickr Photostream
4FRI Monthly Updates
A series of tables showing the status of mechanical thinning contracts, fire, and NEPA projects across the four forests.