Across the US, tens of millions of acres of forests and watersheds are in need of restoration. Resilient landscapes provide integral resources and services to ecosystems and communities. From water purification to recreational opportunities, to wildlife and plant diversity, to a sustainable supply of wood products, the nation relies on forested land for ecological, social, and economic benefits.
Restored landscapes are not only better able to sustain these benefits—the landscapes are also more resilient to stressors, which range from invasive species infestations to drought. Moreover, since 2000, at least 10 states have had their largest fires on record and some states have broken records more than once. To protect forests from uncharacteristic wildfire and make communities safer, fire-adapted landscapes must be restored to reduce wildfire risk and severity.
At the five-year mark, the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) program is on track to meet its ten-year goals. In the past five years, the CFLR program learned important lessons, celebrated a range of successes, and identified new opportunities as the program moves into the next five years.