Gathering of Like-minded people
Last Friday, Fred and I attended a reception for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative (4FRI) effort and a National Forest Foundation (NFF) campaign called “Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences.” It was great to be among so many people who regard our national forests in a way similar to ours. We got to meet some old “friends” and make some new ones.
The 4FRI has four Arizona national forests actively engaged in a collaborative, landscape-scale initiative designed to restore fire-adapted ecosystems in the Region. Those four forests are the Kaibab, Coconino, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto. You may recognize one or all the forests from the devastating wildfires in the news during the past two years. The cool thing, in my opinion, is the forest aren’t doing it alone. The forests, together with a diverse group of stakeholders, are working to collaboratively plan and carry out landscape-scale restoration of ponderosa pine forests in northern Arizona. By diverse I mean folks from the limber industry to camping supply businesses are involved.
The short description for the Treasured Landscapes, Unforgettable Experiences campaign is “The National Forest Foundation’s campaign to revitalize our forests and strengthen our connection to nature.” Basically, as I understand it, the NFF has selected 14 difference sites as components of the campaign and seek to increase awareness of national forests, encourage people to enjoy the national forests, and support long-term “stewardship” of national forests. Sounds like what Fred and I have been saying for years and that makes us smile.
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