The Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI)

In August 2013, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) transferred the management and fulfillment of the Phase 1 4FRI contract to Good Earth Power (GEP).

4FRI is a collaborative effort by stakeholders representing government, environmental, education and community interests to restore forest ecosystems, protect local watersheds and wildlife, and mitigate the threat of massive wildfires throughout northern Arizona.

The Phase 1 contract calls for the restoration of 300,000 acres of forest in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto National Forests over a 10-year period. Good Earth Power AZ, LLC (GEPAZ) was formed to oversee the Arizona operations of GEP and the 4FRI contract, and to work with stakeholders, contractors and the USFS to achieve project goals.

 

The USFS issues new task orders on a regular basis. See Task Order Updates on the News page for information on individual task orders and their status.

Full Circle Sustainability

Good Earth Power brings a global focus, a wealth of experience in clean energy technologies and a track record for successful project management to the 4FRI project, which should enable stakeholders throughout northern Arizona to realize their collective goal to create a powerful model for sustainable forest management and health.

U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Regional Office

About Good Earth Power

Good Earth Power is a global company with interests in the construction, energy, communications and land development sectors. The company's global activities are driven by three goals: Sustainable Economic Growth, Community Empowerment and Development, and Environmental Protection.

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Goals

Good Earth Power is working with the U.S. Forest Service, 4FRI stakeholders and community leaders throughout Northern Arizona to ensure that 4FRI goals are fulfilled through
landscape-scale restoration and biomass utilization strategies.

The project seeks to address a wide range of goals:

Forest Restoration

Plan and implement restoration treatments across 300,000 acres of overgrown ponderosa pine forest over a 10-year period to improve forest health and sustainability.

Wildfire Mitigation

Reduce the threat of high-intensity, highly destructive large-scale wildfires by restoring overgrown forests to a healthier, more resilient state that is also less prone to insect and disease outbreaks.

Watershed Protection

Utilize forest restoration and watershed management strategies to protect the quality and volume of Arizona's water supply, and to mitigate the flooding which often follows wildfires and endangers communities and wildlife.

 

Biological Diversity

Restore and protect forest ecosystems to encourage and support sustainable populations of the full range of plants and wildlife native to the region.

Economic Development

Engage private industry to create jobs and provide economic growth in the region through forest-based ventures focused on biomass utilization and the processing and marketing of wood products and byproducts.

2016 Updates

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2015 Updates

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2014 Updates

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Total Acres Released by USFS for Treatment:   1,042
Number of Task Orders initiated:   3
Total Acres Released by USFS for Treatment:   1,042
Number of Task Orders initiated:   3
Total Acres Released by USFS for Treatment:   15,218
Number of Task Orders initiated:   10
Total Acres Released by USFS for Treatment:   21,595
Number of Task Orders initiated:   13