Tue, Feb. 25

4FRI environmental impact preview available next week

The full scope of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

The full scope of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

FLAGSTAFF - The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, also known as 4FRI, is making another move forward by preparing the environmental impact study for Phase 1.

The Forest Service is providing the public with an early opportunity to preview the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (DROD) for Phase 1 of 4FRI.

The FEIS analyzes about 1 million acres on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in Northern Arizona.

The FEIS and DROD for the first analysis area on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will be available by Nov. 21, at the 4FRI website,

In order to allow additional time for public consideration of these extensive documents, online access to the FEIS and DROD is being made available prior to the official start of the formal objection period.

"This environmental analysis and the subsequent decision will help shape restoration action on almost a million acres for a decade," said Kaibab National Forest Supervisor Mike Williams. "An early preview will give the public extra time to review, understand, and ask questions about a significant step forward for our landscape."

The Coconino and Kaibab National Forests are proposing 586,110 acres of restoration activities with approximately 355,708 acres on the Flagstaff, Mogollon, and Red Rock districts of the Coconino NF and 230,402 acres on the Williams and Tusayan districts of the Kaibab NF. The completed environmental analysis and a subsequent final ROD for Phase 1, provide the legal authority to accelerate restoration activities.

"The FEIS and DROD incorporate years of stakeholder and public input including key concerns such as the protection of large and old trees. Meaningful collaboration continues to be essential to our success on this project," Williams added.

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