The ponderosa forests of northern Arizona are at risk, caught at the convergence of a century of fire prevention, encroachment by urban and rural properties, and a changing climate. The Grand Canyon Trust and many other organizations have been actively forging a solution that would restore forest health, prevent catastrophic fires, and offer economic opportunity. Michael Collier and Rose Houk prepared a four-part radio series about the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) that aired on Flagstaff’s NPR station KNAU in November 2012.
Part 1 defines past history and problems within the forest: http://www.knau.org/post/4fri-
Part 2 traces the history of 4FRI: http://www.knau.org/post/4fri-
Part 3 discusses the unlikely 4FRI partners: http://www.knau.org/post/4fri-part-3-collaboration-unlikely-partners
Part 4 describes what restoration will look like: http://www.knau.org/post/4fri-part-4-what-restoration-will-look-and-smell
A big “thanks” to Michael Collier and Rose Houk for their work informing the public on this important issue.