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The CFLR Program celebrates its five-year anniversary

Posted by Renee Magyar on April 7, 2015

A 5-year report from the U.S. Forest Service was released today, highlighting results to date from this important program.

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U.S. Forest Service CFLRP report cover

We are very pleased to share the news from the U.S. Forest Service that 1.45 million acres of America's forests and watersheds – an area larger than Delaware – are healthier as a result of collaborative partnerships to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) was created to emphasize partnerships between government and local forest workers, sawmill owners, conservationists, businesses, sportsmen, outdoor recreationists and others to improve forest health and promote the well-being of local communities.

And so far the program has been a success. Since 2010, the CFLRP has brought local communities and timber companies together to improve forests conditions across 23 high-priority project sites, from Florida, to Missouri, to Washington State and places in-between. The coordination with local partner organizations is essential to getting substantial work done.

The program's restoration activities have resulted in part:

  • More than 1.45 million acres of forest more resilient to the effects of catastrophic wildfire,

  • More than 1.33 million acres of wildlife habitat improved,
  • More than 84,570 acres of forest lands treated through timber sales,
  • More than 73,600 acres treated for noxious weeds and invasive plants,
  • Supporting 4,360 jobs in local communities each year.

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Learn more about the program and the accomplishments to date:

The 5-year report

The U.S. Forest Service CFLRP webpage

The Forest Service press release

"This program demonstrates the value the Forest Service places on collaboration and on-the-ground achievements," said CFLRP Steering Committee member Dylan Kruse of Sustainable Northwest. "The last five years have proven that listening to diverse interests and providing smart investments pays off for measurable improvements across the landscape."

Sustainable Northwest is honored to have a role in the success of this program, through our seat on the steering committee, our coordination of the Region 6 (Oregon and Washington) CFLRP Network, and our hosting of successful network workshops.