Since 2010, the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project has reduced the threat of severe wildfires in a high value landscape through collaboration among a large and diverse group of governmental bodies, environmental organizations, citizens, private businesses, and community groups. A commitment to achieving shared goals on a large, cohesive landscape reduces the risk from high severity wildfire, secures drinking water, and sustains forests that provide for wildlife and a high quality of life for residents.
AFR has provided educational experiences to thousands of students and has benefitted the local community by creating jobs and providing workforce training. Approximately 13,000 acres in the AFR project area have been treated as of Spring 2022.
The ongoing success on the ground results from tremendous collaboration in active restoration, public engagement, and co-investment by city, state, and federal agencies.