Monitoring

In 2010, the Four Forest Restoration Initiative was selected for funding under Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/). The purpose of CFLRP is to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes.  

 

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Act establishes that multiparty monitoring will be used to determine the ecological, social, and economic effects of the restoration project. In response, the Multiparty Monitoring Board (MPMB) of the 4FRI Stakeholders Group was established. The MPMB is composed of a variety of collaborative partners that provide support and expertise in the development and implementation of ecological and socioeconomic monitoring. This group also helps evaluate and communicate the results of monitoring activities to stakeholders and the public at large.

Some of the most active MPMB members currently include:

  • The Ecological Restoration Institute
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Mottek Consulting
  • The Center for Biological Diversity
  • Campbell Global
  • The Salt River Project

 

Adaptive Management

The intent of monitoring is to link land management with learning. Monitoring is a valuable tool that can help the Forest Service adapt its management practices based on the outcomes of previous activities. A monitoring and adaptive management plan was developed in collaboration with stakeholder partners to describe how the Forest Service and its partners will monitor the effects of 4FRI restoration treatments and also how the Forest Service will adapt treatments to account for changing conditions and new information.

 

Current Activities

In partnerships with organizations such as the Landscape Conservation Initiative at Northern Arizona University, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and The Nature Conservancy, monitoring is already underway covering issues ranging from changes in forest structure, distribution, and pattern to changes in songbird communities.

Monitoring is also being accomplished through the support of citizen scientists and organizations like the Grand Canyon Trust and the Springs Stewardship Institute of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Through the efforts of volunteer citizen scientists, the Forest Service is assessing the condition of streams and springs and developing restoration plans that will improve the quality and resilience of valuable wildlife habitat.

 

Monitoring Reports