Four Forest Restoration Initiative



Embarking on a 20-year initiative to restore northern Arizona's ponderosa pine forests at the landscape scale requires substantial up-front commitment, investment, and assurance of direction. Some individuals and groups, including members of local, county and state governments, environmental groups, organizations, institutions, and industry representatives, have made that commitment. Collectively, these diverse stakeholders have come to be known as the 4FRI Stakeholder Group.

The 4FRI Stakeholder Group is not exclusive. New individuals and groups may join at any time, and members of the public have the same rights and opportunities for access to information and input into the process whether or not they choose to join the collaborative.

The 4FRI Stakeholder Group has formed several working groups in order to make progress in keys areas. The working groups are listed below along with the names and contact information for the working group leads.


Working Groups
Working Group Lead Institution Phone Email

Steering Committee Working Group

Steve Gatewood Wildwood Consulting, LLC 928-600-3858

Communications Working Group

Tayloe Dubay

Ecological Restoration Institute


Landscape Assessment and Monitoring Working Group

Ed Smith The Nature Conservancy 928-864-7113
Amy Waltz

Ecological Restoration Institute


Economics and Utilization Working Group

Steve Gatewood Wildwood Consulting, LLC 928-600-3858

Organizations Involved
Arizona Elk Society Arizona Game and Fish Department Arizona State Forestry
Arizona Wildlife Federation Bejac Corporation Canyon Creek Logging Inc.
Center for Biological Diversity City of Flagstaff-Fire Department Coconino County
Coconino Natural Resource Conservation District Coconino Rural Environment Corps Eastern Arizona Counties Organization
Ecological Restoration Institute, NAU Empire Machinery Forest Energy Corporation
Gila County Grand Canyon Trust Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership Greenlee County Little Colorado River Plateau RC&D Area, Inc.
Mottek Consulting National Wild Turkey Federation The Natural Resources Working Group
Navajo County Northern Arizona Logging Association NAU Forest Ecosystem Restoration Analysis
Northern Arizona Wood Products Association Northland Pioneer College Novo BioPower, LLC.
Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction Inc. Pioneer Association Real Arizona Development Council
Southwest Forestry Inc. Southwest Forests Sustainable Partnerships The Nature Conservancy
Tri Star Logging Inc. Town of Pinetop - Lakeside Town of Snowflake
TRACKS Trout Unlimited U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
White Mountain Conservation League White Mountain Stewardship Multiparty Monitoring Board Wildwood Consulting

Latest News

April 2, Preview of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative
Read the Press Release