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2014 Region 6 CFLRP Meeting

Posted by Renee Magyar on April 4, 2014

"What a great way to connect and find out what's going on!"

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A lot can be accomplished in four years. This was apparent to everyone joining this week's Region 6 Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) meeting in Hood River. Hosted by Sustainable Northwest, this meeting attracted over 75 people from CFLRP projects across the nation, forest collaborative group members, agency personnel, university professors and students. With five of the 23 nationwide CFLRP projects located in Region 6 - the Pacific Northwest region of the Forest Service - this meeting was an important opportunity to share accomplishments, lessons learned, and ideas for how to make more progress in the years to come.

"The CFLRP workshop is a great place to interact with fellow collaborative groups. It's interesting to hear that we all struggle with similar issues. This gave us an opportunity to share ideas and perspectives and connect into the future." - Jamie Tolfree, South Gifford Pinchot Collaborative 

The CFLRP is an innovative program of the US Forest Service that leverages federal resources with non-federal and private resources. It encourages the use of forest restoration by-products to benefit local rural economies and improve forest health, facilitates the reduction of wildfire management costs, and demonstrates the degree to which various ecological restoration techniques achieve forest and watershed health objectives. In the first four years of the program, 2010-2013, projects funded through CFLRP have: reduced hazardous fuels on 588,000 acres to protect communities, generated 814 million board feet of timber, made nearly 2 million green tons of biomass available for bioenergy production, and enhanced habitat on 474 miles of streams. These successes are expected to grow in the coming years.

The program is forging a path to productive management of National Forests that aligns well with Congressional intent to reduce the risk and costs of extreme wildfire, and accelerate the pace and scale of restoration on public lands. It has been so successful that President Obama has asked that Congress increase both authorization and appropriated funding in FY2015. Sustainable Northwest supports the President in this recommendation because we see the value that CFLRP has in the communities we care about and National Forests where we work.  We want to see this program grow and expand to new forests. 

Look for photos from the workshop on Facebook. 

Alice Williamson is Policy Associate at Sustainable Northwest.