Posts Tagged ‘4FRI’

Good Earth Power Buys Pioneer; Takes Over 4FRI Contract

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The U. S. Forest Service has announced that Good Earth Power AZ LLC has taken over the 4FRI contract as part of its acquisition of the assets of Pioneer Forest Products.  

Good Earth Power is now contractually obligated to carry out the terms and conditions of the Phase 1 4FRI stewardship contract, which involves forest restoration treatments across four National Forests in northern Arizona. Pioneer was awarded the contract in May 2012, but failed to find financing for its operations.  

The 4FRI award calls for 300,000 acres to be thinned over 10 years on the Coconino, Kaibab, Apache-Sitgreaves and Tonto National Forests. Oman-based Good Earth has brought on a forest management company to oversee thinning operations.  

Good Earth CEO Jason Rosamond said that the company will invest in about 20 pellet mills in the project area and plans to ship product overseas. A $50 million wood processing mill in Winslow and a facility to produce biofuels are also part of the company’s plans.

This is very good news for the Real AZ Corridor. Good Earth is involved in diversified energy production, future forestry and biomass utilization, resource management and community development — which are also priorities for the Real AZ Development Council.  

Information on Good Earth can be found online at www.futureforestsector.com  and at www.goodearthpower.com

Video Series on White Mountain Stewardship Contract

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

The new Informational Videos page on the Real AZ Corridor website features video clips on energy projects and topics that are important to the 100-mile wide Corridor. A five-part series just posted online talks about the White Mountain Stewardship Contract, which is credited with containing the Wallow Fire in some areas. It was also the forerunner to the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), which will bring even greater forest management practices and new industries to the Real AZ Corridor.

Watch the White Mountain Stewardship Video Series HERE

Learn Why Forest Management Is Important To Wildfire Management

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Record breaking fires in the Southwest have burned thousands of acres, disrupting people and animals, and leaving muddy, flood-prone landscapes in their wake. In this remote broadcast from Flagstaff, Arizona, Ira Flatow and guests discuss fire ecology, and how new forest management strategies may help stifle the blazes.

Listen to the NPF Science Friday show HERE

Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney and members of the Real AZ Corridor worked tirelessly to promote the need for large-scale forest management at the federal level. The result is the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), which was signed in February 2011.