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What is the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program

Posted by Renee Magyar on March 27, 2018

Making America's forests healthy through collaboration

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Forests provide half our nation’s water, support millions of jobs, store carbon, produce timber, offer vast recreational opportunities, provide habitat to thousands of species, and generate billions of dollars in annual economic activity. The renewable properties of wood are driving major innovations in urban development as we reimagine everything from skyscrapers to transportation.

Yet the health of our forests is in decline, with an area the size of Oregon in need of restoration on National Forest System lands alone (more than 80 million acres). Invasive pests and diseases, chronic drought, and increasingly expensive megafires jeopardize life and livelihood in rural and urban communities.

Overcoming these challenges requires an approach to federal forest management focused on large-scale, community-driven collaboration to increase the pace and scale of restoration, promote healthy forests, and protect the lives and well-being of communities and landowners. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) is the Forest Service’s signature program that accomplishes these goals.

CFLRP is a proven model to meet current resource needs like no other program. Established in 2009, the competitive program funds large-scale restoration projects, with the goal of reducing the risk of megafire, supporting jobs in rural communities, producing timber, and enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities across the nation. CFLRP requires the Forest Service to work with a local collaborative group to plan, implement, and monitor large-scale restoration projects (50,000+ acres) over a 10-year period. To date 23 CFLRP projects have been designated in 14 states, each pursuing a customized collaborative action plan to accomplish program goals, resulting in efficiencies that avoid process delays. To date, this national program has restored a forested area larger than Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks, combined.

Download this fact sheet to learn more about how the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program works and results of the program since 2010.