NewLife Forest Restoration in partnership with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), is able to implement sustainable forestry practices by helping thin the forest floor and repurpose its materials, including brush and small trees, into wood products.
In addition to our environmental responsibility, NewLife has invested over $80 million into some of Arizona’s underdeveloped economic regions creating hundreds of jobs in an effort to rebuild the forest products industry and will continue to support other local Arizona businesses involved in forest restoration.
THE WORST WILDFIRES
IN ARIZONA HISTORY
The biggest fire in state history wiped out 538,049 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Alpine.
MITIGATING WILDFIRE RISK
NewLife Forest Restoration is passionate about the vital work of forest restoration in order to help protect communities from catastrophic wildfires and post-wildfire flooding, improve wildlife habitats, conserve biodiversity, mitigate overgrowth and restore our natural forest structure and function.
NewLife is managing Phase 1 of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) contract with the U.S. Forest Service. 4FRI is an initiative by which the U.S. Forest Service and local stakeholders seek to restore the health of 2.4 million acres of Arizona’s forest to a more natural state, thereby reducing wildfire risk.
Arizona has experienced massive wildfires in the past decade, each destroying hundreds of miles of natural forests totaling over 1.47 million acres. For reference, the total amount of acres that burned is the same size as the entire Grand Canyon National Park.
Fueled by flammable materials including brush, needles, leaves and small trees, these fires have increasingly become more destructive and more dangerous to fight. Alongside the 4FRI initiative, NewLife is able to safely and responsibly thin the forest floors, thus creating a healthier ecosystem and mitigating wildfire threats and post wildfire destruction.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA)
NewLife restores forest acres in Arizona under prescriptions provided by the U.S. Forest Service once the acres have undergone review, in accordance with The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The environmental review process under NEPA provides an opportunity for the public to be involved in the Federal agency decision-making process. NEPA requires Federal agencies to consider environmental effects that include impacts on social, cultural, and economic resources, as well as natural resources.
SUSTAINABILITY-LINKED BOND FRAMEWORK
As a home-grown Arizona company, NewLife is committed to creating safe and meaningful jobs, revitalizing and growing communities for protecting our national forests. With the recent acquisition of a 425,000-square-foot building and equipment for a state-of-the-art sawmill and remanufacturing facility in Bellemont, Ariz. – the largest high-capacity sawmill facility in Arizona – NewLife will be creating more than 200 new jobs in the forestry industry.