Four national forests - the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto - are actively engaged with over 30 stakeholder groups in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Southwest. This collaborative effort, known as 4FRI, spans 2.4 million acres across northern Arizona and is the largest landscape-scale restoration project selected by the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.
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 will involve a variety of restoration projects and rely on Forest Service personnel, partners and volunteers, and contractors to see these goals through. http://www.fs.usda.gov/4fri
Since 2010, restoration activities have been implemented as part of 4FRI in projects already approved in other NEPA analyses and, in April 2015, the Forest Service approved restoration treatments on an additional 580,000 acres in the Record of Decision for the 1st 4FRI Environmental Impact Statement. This EIS analyzed almost one million acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, and is the largest project analysis ever conducted by the Forest Service. And planning has already begun on the 2nd 4FRI EIS which will analyze another million acres of the initiative’s footprint on the Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves, and Tonto National Forests.
In 2015, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Program, of which 4FRI is a part, celebrates its five-year anniversary. This milestone is an important opportunity to assess progress toward program goals.
FS 4FRI website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/4fri
Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program: http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLRP/
Key Partners: 4FRI Stakeholders Group: http://www.4fri.org/
Media Releases: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/4fri/newsroom