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What we do

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Four Forest Restoration Initiative

Forest restoration in Arizona

We’ve been helping restore the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. The long-term project involves thinning of small trees, prescribed burns, and restoring springs and streams on 2.4 million acres across four national forests. More on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) ›

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Protect aspen forests

Aspen stands are shady respites in the summer and confetti storms of gold leaves in the fall, but they are losing ground in Utah’s high country. We’re working with the Forest Service, ranchers, and other groups to make sure aspen have a chance to take root. More on our aspen restoration work ›

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Advocate for our forests

Throughout the years, our forest lands have been mined, drilled, grazed, and overused. We advocate for the native plants and animals that can’t speak for themselves and work to rebalance extractive uses with conservation. Find out how we're making a difference ›


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Forests - water

Healthy forests = healthy waters

Forests play a key role in capturing, filtering, and supplying clean water for plant, animal, and human communities. As part of our forest restoration work, we're surveying streams and restoring springs. See what volunteers are helping us accomplish on the ground ›

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Threats to our national forests

It's easy to take our forests for granted. But the reality is that unnaturally severe wildfires, drought, and overuse pose serious threats to the ponderosa and aspen landscapes we love.

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Climate change

Scientists agree. The Southwest is heating up. For forests, this means increased drought, pest outbreaks, the spread of invasive species, and more severe wildfires.




The vast majority of our forests are open to grazing. Livestock leave big impacts on the land, including trampled native plants and increased spread of invasive species.



Raging blazes not only threaten homes and infrastructure, but also send loads of ash and debris into our waterways, killing aquatic life and impacting water quality.



We flock to our forests to hike, camp, fish, hunt, and ride off-road vehicles. But increased use is stressing the natural resources and creating problems for land managers.

Why Care (section title)

Why Care

Forests - seven reasons for restoration

Forests - seven reasons for restoration

7 reasons for forest restoration ›

Why should you care about protecting the woods? For starters, it could save millions of tax payer dollars. Read our seven reasons for forest restoration ›


What you can do (section title)

What you can do

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Volunteers in White Mesa Cultural Conservation Area

Volunteer on our forest restoration projects ›

Want to make a difference on the ground? We have several volunteer trips each year on Arizona's Coconino and Kaibab national forests, and Utah's Fishlake, Dixie, and Manti-La Sal national forests. 

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Speak up for forest restoration at a moment's notice. We send out timely emails notifying you of opportunities to submit comments, sign petitions, and take other actions on behalf of our public lands. 

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Forest Restoration Blog


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