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Forest and Timber Coalition Requests Congress Support Collaborative Restoration Success in 2014

Three Years of Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program Have Yielded Big Benefits for People, Water, and Wildlife


Arlington, Virginia | April 16, 2013

A 151-member coalition of community, forest, timber, and wildlife champions sent a letter to Congressional appropriators requesting they maintain support for the successful Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program (CFLR). In 2013 this U.S. Forest Service program applied $40 million to forest restoration projects in 23 forested landscapes across the country.

President Obama’s recently released FY14 budget allots the program $39.8 million.

As identified in the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration 2012 Annual Report (pdf), last year’s $40 million investment resulted in:

• 4,574 full- and part-time jobs created and maintained;
• $320 million in labor income;
• 612,000 acres with reduced the risk of megafire;
• 6,000 miles of eroding roads remediated and clean water supplies enhanced;
• 95.1 million cubic feet of timber sold;
• 537,000 acres of wildlife habitat improved;
• 400 miles of fish habitat restored;

In addition to these on-the-ground results, CFLR also highlighted the opportunity to leverage matching investments in forest restoration. All told, CFLR leveraged an additional $45.4 million dollars towards collaborative actions in 2012.

Beyond the beauty they offer, forests are critical to life and livelihood across the nation. Americans forests cover one-third of the United States; store and filter half the nation’s water supply; provide jobs to more than a million wood products workers; absorb nearly 20% of U.S. carbon emissions; offer 650 million acres of recreational lands that generate well over $13 billion a year in economic activity; and provide habitat for thousands of species across the country.

CFLR is particularly valuable now, on the heels of the third-largest wildfire year. A century of suppressing natural wildfires has resulted in unhealthy forests choked with small trees and brush that can lead to destructive megafires.

Over the last 50 years the United States has had only 3 years with more than 9 million acres burned— all have occurred since 2006. A new Forest Service report to the White House predicts the country will average 20 million acres burned a year due to climate change. CFLR is a tool to help insulate our communities, water sources, and wildlife from this threat.

All told, The Nature Conservancy estimates 120 million acres of America’s forests – an area bigger than Oregon and West Virginia combined – are in immediate need of restoration due to this “perfect storm” of threats.

Observers say the program is bucking the larger downward funding trend because restoration of National Forests is the new ‘zone of agreement’ where traditional adversaries in the timber industry, conservation, and local county governments are working to advance common goals.

The collaborative results of the report were heralded by companies, community groups, and conservation organizations around the nation.

“The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program is bringing communities from around the country together to create jobs, to restore forest and watershed health, and to reduce the costs of wildfire suppression at impressive scales,” offered Paige Lewis of The Nature Conservancy. “The program and its many supporters are charting a successful path forward for National Forest management.”

"The 2012 CFLR Annual Report illustrates how this program benefits forests, rural economies, and water quality," said John Barnwell of the Society of American Foresters.

“Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects are cost efficient, mostly because of their long time frame and larger scale,” added Megan Birzell of The Wilderness Society. “Selected projects are assured funding as long as appropriations are available until 2019, which provided certainty for businesses their banks and other investors, time for workers to be trained and become skilled, and for product markets to be developed and expanded.”

“Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration has shown that the critical importance of healthy and thriving forests can be a unifying force,” said Rebecca Turner of American Forests. “Our organization is proud to be collaborating with such a diverse collective of partners on a program that received bipartisan support from Congress to improve the health of our forests, as well as creating needed jobs.”

“These days, instead of the Forest Service taking a couple of years to design a project then going to the public for their opinion, the public is involved from the beginning,” said Craig Rawlings of the Forest Business Network. “All told, it’s easy to see how CFLR is a program we can truly get excited about in the forest products industry.”

Dylan Kruse of Sustainable Northwest said, “Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration is about boots on the ground, creating jobs in rural communities. Now is the time to invest in rural communities and restore the health of our National Forests. CFLR does exactly that.”

The 23 sites to receive investment in 2012 were:
• Ozark Highlands Ecosystem Restoration, Arkansas, $959,000
• Shortleaf-Bluestem Community Project, Arkansas and Oklahoma, $342,000
• Four Forest Restoration Initiative, Arizona, $4 million
• Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group Cornerstone Project, California, $730,000
• Burney-Hat Creek Basins Project, California, $605,000
• Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project, California, $1,788,257
• Front Range Landscape Restoration Initiative, Colorado, $4 million
• Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado, $1,018,200
• Accelerating Longleaf Pine Restoration, Florida, $1,497,970
• Kootenai Valley Resource Initiative, Idaho, $324,000
• Selway-Middle Fork Clearwater, Idaho, $4 million
• Weiser-Little Salmon Headwaters Project, Idaho, $2.45 million
• Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Restoration and Hazardous Fuels Reduction, Mississippi, $2.71 million
• Pine-Oak Woodlands Restoration Project, Missouri, $617,000
• Southwestern Crown of the Continent, Montana, $4 million
• Southwest Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, $3.865 million
• Zuni Mountain Project, New Mexico, $400,000
• Grandfather Restoration Project, North Carolina, $605,000
• Deschutes Collaborative Forest, Oregon, $1,087,700
• Lakeview Stewardship Project, Oregon, $3.5 million
• Southern Blues Restoration Coalition, Oregon, $2.5 million
• Northeast Washington Forest Vision 2020, Washington, $968,000
• Tapash Sustainable Forest Collaborative, Washington, $2,445,525

The CFLR annual report was produced by the CFLR Coalition, which is comprised of 145 member organizations that include private businesses, communities, counties, tribes, water suppliers, associations, and non-governmental organizations.

Copies of the 2012 CFLRP Annual Report can be requested from Jon Schwedler of the CFLR Coalition at jschwedler@tnc.org.

Information on CFLRP can be found at the U.S. Forest Service’s website: http://www.fs.fed.us/restoration/CFLR/



National
Darin Schroeder
Vice President of Conservation Advocacy
American Bird Conservancy

Scott Steen
CEO
American Forests

Tom Martin
President & CEO
American Forest Foundation

Holly Endersby
Interim Executive Director
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Bruce Ward
Founder and senior adviser
Choose Outdoors

Peter Nelson
Senior Policy Advisor for Federal Lands
Defenders of Wildlife

Michael DeBonis
Executive Director
Forest Guild

John Heissenbuttel
President
Heissenbuttel Natural Resource Consulting

Darrel L Kenops
CEO/Executive Director
National Association of Forest Service Retirees

George Thornton
CEO
National Wild Turkey Federation

Nick Prough
Chief Wildlife Biologist
Quail & Upland Wildlife Federation

Michael T Goergen Jr.
Executive Vice President and CEO
Society of American Foresters

Robert J. Bendick
Director of Government Relations
The Nature Conservancy

Anne Merwin
Director of Wilderness Policy
The Wilderness Society

Western
Martin Goebel
President
Sustainable Northwest

Susan Jane Brown
Staff Attorney
Western Environmental Law Center

Alabama
Salem Saloom
Saloom Properties, LLC

Arizona
Tom Mackin
President
Arizona Wildlife Federation

Rob Davis
President
Forest Enegy Corporation

Edward Smith
Co-Chair
Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Steve Gatewood
Director, Treasurer
Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership

Donald Falk
Associate Professor
University of Arizona

Marlin Johnson
Chief Forester
Pioneer Forest Products

Arkansas
Ricky Chastain
Deputy Director
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Doug Fletcher
Chief of Stewardship
Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Wayne Shewmake
President
Arkansas Wildlife Federation

Scott Simon
State Director for Arkansas
The Nature Conservancy

California
Cathy M. Koos Breazeal
Executive Director
Amador Fire Safe Council

Katherine K. Evatt
CFLR Coalition Liaison
Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group

Donald F. Curtis
Member
Burney/Hat Creek Colaborative Forest

Max Rodriguez
Chairman
County of Madera

Mark T. Smith
Forester
Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project

Kent Duysen for Sierra Forest Products
President
Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project

Steve Haze
Executive Director / 1st Vice President - YSRC&D Council
Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project

Charles M. Ashley
local landowner
Dinkey Landscape Restoration Project

Rick A. Lind
President
EN2 Resources, Inc. dba Sierra Ecosystem Associates

Andrew J. Orahoske
Conservation Director
Environmental Protection Information Center

Patricia Betz
Administrative Assistant
Fall River Resource Conservation District

Cecily Smith
Executive Director
Foothill Conservancy

Patricia a Gallegos
Coordinator/project manager
Highway 168 Fire Safe Council

Patricia Puterbaugh
Director
Lassen Forest Preservation Group

Glenn Franklin
MCRCD Board President
Mariposa County Resource Conservation District

Will C.S. Harling
Executive Director
Mid Klamath Watershed Council

Jeffrey Ebright
President
Palomar Audubon Society

Gregory John Stangl
CEO
Phoenix Energy

Jeannette D. Tuitele-Lewis
Executive Director
Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Jim Branham
Executive Officer
Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Allen Johnson
SWIFT Coordinator
SouthWest Interface Team (SWIFT)

Jon M Sturtevant
Chair
Tuolumne Group Sierra Club

Kevin Whitlock
Registered Professional Forester #2436
Under the Trees - Forestry & Environmental Services

Lowell J. Young
President
Yosemite Area Audubon Society

Jerry Jensen
Forestry consultant
Yosemite Stanislas Collaborative Solutions

Colorado
Megan R Davis
Policy Analyst, Boulder County Commissioners' Office
Boulder County

Renzo DelPiccolo
Area Wildlife Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Ron Mabry
President
Colorado Weed Management Association

Keith Worley
Forester
Forestree Development, LLC

Dr. Merrill R. Kaufmann
Contract Scientist
Front Range Roundtable

Summer Grimes
Student
Front Range Round Table & Colorado State University

Leigh Goldberg
Conservation & Advocacy Director
Front Range Roundtable Page

Gali Beh
Facilitator
Front Range Roundtable

Greg Newman
Ecologist
Front Range Roundtable

Terra Lenihan
Communications
Front Range Roundtable

Louise Parker
Ft. Collins Audubon Society

Connie McLain
Commissioner
Gilpin County

Cinny Green
Co-leader Northern Rio Grande Broadband
Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Don Moore
President
Jefferson Conservation District

G. Thomas Mainwaring
President
Mainland Planning Inc.

Ronald D. Henderson
Chairman
Montrose County

Lynn Hoyt
Executive Board Chair
Public Lands Partnership

Stu Krebs
Co-Chairman
Public Lands Partnership

Peter M. Brown
President
Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research

Joan May
Chair
San Miguel County Board of Commissioners

Shirley Pfankuch
Registered Agent / Manager of Administration
Slash Solutions, LLC

Walt Blackburn
Government Liaison Officer
Thunder Mountain Wheelers ATV Club

Dan Binkley
Professor
Uncompahgre Partnership

Jim Free
Uncomphagre Partnership Coordinator
Uncompahgre Partnership

Jim Free
Technical Coordinator
Uncompahgre Partnership

Steven Hasstedt
PhD Candidate
Uncompahgre Partnership

Megan S. Matonis
Uncompahgre Partnership

Jim Ventrello
Board President
Uncompahgre/Com Inc.

Pam Motley
Public Relations
West Range Reclamation, LLC

Douglas Gill
Outdoor enthusiast, retired
Western Colorado Congress

Ken Emory
Land Use
Western Slope 4 Wheelers

Philip Seligman
President
Wood Source Fuels

Florida
Steven W. Woodmansee
President
Florida Native Plant Society

Leda Kobziar
Associate Professor of Fire Science and Forest Conservation
University of Florida

Georgia
R. Wayne Bell
Chief Operating Officer
International Forest Company

Idaho
Scott Stouder
Trout Unlimited Idaho public lands coordinator
Clearwater Basin Collaborative

Ron Aldrich
Citizen at Large
Clearwater Basin Collaborative

Stan Leach
County Commissioner
Clearwater County

Joyce Dearstyne
Executive Director
Framing Our Community

Dale Harris
Executive Director
Great Burn Study Group

Rick Johnson
Executive Director
Idaho Conservation League

Bill Higgins
Resource Manager
Idaho Forest Group, LLC

Richard Tholen
Partner
Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership

Kevin Lewis
Conservation Director
Idaho Rivers United

David Galantuomini
Vice President
Public Lands Access Year-round (PLAY)

Gina Knudson
Executive Director
Salmon Valley Stewardship

Dennis L Murphy
Managing Partner
Spatial Interest, LLC

Illinois
Donnie Dann
Past President and Advocacy Chair
Bird Conservation Network

Indiana
Laura Fuderer
Conservation Chair
South Bend-Elkhart Audubon Society

Maryland
Barbara K. Johnson
2nd Vice President
Anne Arundel Bird Club

Kurt R. Schwarz
Conservation Chair
Maryland Ornithological Society

Minnesota
Matthew Schaut
President
Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC)

Mississippi
Leah Bray
Vice President
Natural Capital Development

Jim Murrian
Executive Director
The Nature Conservancy of Mississippi

Montana
Gary Burnett
Executive Director
Blackfoot Challenge

Gary M Tabor
Executive Director
Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Carol Daly
President
Flathead Economic Policy Center

Craig Rawlings
President & CEO
Forest Business Network

Jeremy Amberson
Owner
Game Creek Forest Restoration LLC

Michele Landquist
Missoula County Commissioner, Chair
Missoula County

Gabriel Furshong
Senior Campaign Director
Montana Wilderness Association

Brian Sybert
Director
Montana Wilderness Association

Gordy Sanders
Resource Manager
Pyramid Mountain Lumber, Inc.

Anne Dahl
President
Southwestern Crown Collaborative

New Mexico
Michael Scialdone
President
Albuquerque Wildlife Federation

Ralph L. Barela
President
Barela Timber Mgmt. Co., Inc.

Elizabeth Hurst-Waitz
Acting President
Central New Mexico Audubon Society

Suellen Strale
Executive Director
Chimayo Conservation Corps

Eileen Yarborough
Executive Director
Cibola Communities Economic Development Foundation

Jordan Stone
Associate Director
Cottonwood Gulch Foundation

Barbara Garrity
Executive Director
Environmental Education Association of New Mexico

Dorothy Hoard
President, Board of Trustees
Friends of Bandelier

Douglas W. Decker
County Attorney
McKinley County New Mexico

G. Matthew Allen
CEO
Mt. Taylor Manufacturing

Jose J. Varela Lopez
Executive Director
New Mexico Forest Industry Association

Mark Meyers
Forester
New Mexico State Land Office

Ronald Loehman
Conservation Chairman
New Mexico Trout

Brent Racher
Owner/Manager
Restoration Solutions, LLC

Ben Thomas
Program Director
Rocky Mountain Youth Corps

David Torney
President
Round Ideas Institute

Thomas Jervis
President
Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society

Toner Mitchell
President
Truchas Chapter Trout Unlimited

Kim L. Roland
Linda Starr

North Carolina
Len Pardue
President, board of directors
Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society

Robert Cherry
President
High Country Audubon Society

Bob Gale
Ecologist & Public Lands Director
Western North Carolina Alliance

Oregon
Mike Billman
President
Blue Mountain Forest Partners

Jon Skidmore
Assistant City Manager
City of Bend

Chuck Willer
Executive Director
Coast Range Association

Alan Unger
Commissioner, Deschutes County
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project

Phil Chang
COIC Natural Resource Program Administrator
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project

Ruth Williamson
Bend Park and Recreation District Board Member
Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project

Dominick DellaSala
Chief Scientist
Geos Institute

James K. Walls
Executive Director
Lake County Resources Initiative

Dan Shoun
Lake County Commissioner
Lakeview Stewardship Group

Clair Thomas
Chewaucan Biophysical Monitoring Project Lead
Lakeveiw Stewardship Group

Mike Billman
Timber Manager
Malheur Lumber Company

Marilyn Miller
Steering Committee member
Miller Conservation Consulting

John Williams
President
Quicksilver Contracting Co.

David Harrison
Conservation Chair
Salem Audubon Society

Johnny Sundstrom
Director
Siuslaw Institute

George McKinley
Executive Director
Southern Oregon Forest Restoration Collaborative

Pennsylvania
Peter G. Saenger
President
Lehigh Valley Audubon Society

South Carolina
Bill Hilton Jr.
Executive Director
Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History

Elliott Glass
Regional Biologist
National Wild Turkey Federation

Tennessee
Ken Smith
Professor
University of the South

Texas
Josetta Hawthorne
Executive Director
Council for Environmental Education

Utah
James Catlin
Executive Director
Wild Utah Project

Washington
John Eminger
President
49 Degrees North Ski Area

Dave Werntz
Science and Conservation Director
Conservation Northwest

Mike Petersen
Executive Director
The Lands Council

Philip Rigdon
DNR Director
Yakama Nation

West Virginia
LeJay Graffious
Administrator
Old Hemlock Foundation

Cynthia D. Ellis
President
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

Other
Linda L. Ehart

 


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