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Collaborative Restoration Principles

Groups of diverse stakeholders - some representing interests that have been in conflict for decades - have come together in several states to reach agreement on an overarching framework of forest restoration principles. These groups are now in the process of applying the principles and guidelines on the ground. The National Forest Foundation works to encourage such diverse groups to have dialogues and express their shared interest in stewarding National Forest System lands.


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New Mexico Forest Restoration Principles
These principles, which may be appropriate for application to specific restoration projects in New Mexico, were collaboratively developed to be used as guidelines for project development and they represent the “zone of agreement” where controversy, delays, appeals, and litigation are significantly reduced.

Collaborative Example: Montana Forest Restoration Committee
This overview discusses how the Montana Forest Restoration Committee (MFRC) formed, as well as "key ingredients for success," challenges, and governance information.

Guidelines for Aspen Restoration on the National Forests in Utah
"Guidelines for Aspen Restoration on the National Forests in Utah" was produced is the first major project of the Utah Forest Restoration Working Group (UFRWG). The UFRWG formed for the purpose of reaching consensus on critical forest issues primarily affecting National Forest lands in Utah.

Arizona's Guiding Principles for Forest Ecosystem Restoration & Community Protection
This resource document illustrates one example of state-based forest restoration principles.

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