2012 report on USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration program
This report offers a review of the accomplishments of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program, which was created in 2009 to promote job stability, reliable wood supply, forest health, and reduced emergency wildfire costs and risks. The program is rooted in the belief that America’s forests are fundamental to our nation’s prosperity.
Covering one-third of the United States, forests store and filter half the country’s water supply; provide jobs to more than a million wood products workers; absorb 20% of U.S. carbon emissions; generate more than $13 billion of recreation and other economic activity on Forest Service lands alone; and provide habitat for thousands of wildlife and plant species across the country.This year we found these benefits to both life and livelihood challenged by a host of problems familiar and new. The trend of the new millennium continued with record wildfires scorching 9 million acres.
The U.S. Forest Service and Department of the Interior ran out of money to fight emergency wildfires. Thirty new counties discovered the destructive invasive Emerald Ash Borer in their jurisdictions. And climate change further enflamed the behavior of both insects and fires.
But three years after its creation through bipartisan legislation, CFLR is helping address these challenges by fostering collaborative restoration on 23 forest landscapes across the U.S. This pilot program was established “…to encourage the collaborative, science-based ecosystem restoration of priority forest landscapes” (Public Law 111-11).