Created by a 2009 federal law, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program encourages collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration in priority forest landscapes. The Wilderness Society works to assist with and grow this innovative program.
Why do we need the CFLRP?
Our national forests are damaged from decades of unsustainable logging, road building, fire suppression and urbanization. The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program supports communities on the ground in restoring our forests so we can continue to receive clean air and water, sustainable jobs and incredible recreation opportunities.
Two main goals of CFLRP
- Use science‐based practices to accomplish goals
Overgrown forests can lead to erosion and unusually intense forest fires. By removing overgrown trees and using fuel reduction projects, the CFLRP can help prevent fires and overgrowth damage to our forests.
- Ensuring collaboration
By working with people on the ground, the CFLRP will protect our forests and the communities that depend on them. It is a way to bring people together and build a long-term partnership between the people and forests.
In its first few years, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program has:
- Created and maintained 1,550 jobs
- Produced 107 million board feet of timber
- Generated nearly $59 million of labor income
- Removed fuel for destructive mega-fires on 90,000 acres near communities
- Reduced mega-fire on an additional 64,000 acres
- Improved 66,000 acres of wildlife habitat
- Restored 28 miles of fish habitat
- Enhanced clean water supplies by remediating 163 miles of eroding roads
The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program is good for our economy
The CFLR program benefits local economies while improving forest health. Restoration projects create high‐wage, high‐skill jobs in rural communities. Continuing to fund the CFLRP will ensure that sustainable jobs remain in the communities that need them.
- Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program