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U.S. Forest Service

Integrated Resource Restoration Results

Evaluating the Integrated Resource Restoration Line Item

At the request of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, is conducting a third-party review of the Integrated Resource Restoration (IRR) budgetary approach, which has been implemented on a pilot basis for three years in USFS Regions 1, 3, and 4 since fiscal year 2012.

Objectives are three-fold: 1) To understand strategic planning approaches and whether improvements in efficiency, prioritization, flexibility, and achievement of restoration outcomes are occurring under the IRR pilot; 2) To assess internal perceptions of the pilot, current challenges, and opportunities for improvement; and 3) To determine the extent to which current performance measures and targets facilitate accomplishment and communication of outcomes under the pilot. This evaluation will take place over two years, in three phases, and began in August 2013.

FY 2014 and 2015 Reports

The Integrated Resource Restoration 2015 Report examines the first four years of IRR implementation (FY 2012 through FY 2015) under the pilot authority, evaluates successes and challenges in achieving objectives, and develops recommendations for future improvements to integrated restoration within the agency. Because the 2015 report includes data from FY 2014, there is not a separate 2014 report.

FY 2013 Report

The 2013 report assesses the Agency’s success in implementing Integrated Resource Restoration (IRR) in its second year by examining whether the three pilot regions achieved their target outputs, enhanced outcomes, and gained flexibility and efficiencies. It also discusses the advantages and challenges of IRR and how it has affected internal and external collaboration.