Good Earth Power AZ, LLC (GEPAZ) announced this week that work has begun on the Christopher/Hunter-Mercer Task Order, which covers 952 acres in the Tonto National Forest.
The Campbell Group (TCG) is responsible for managing forest restoration operations for GEPAZ under the 4FRI contract and initiated work on the Mercer Task Order on December 6. TCG has an operations team in place and is working with the U.S. Forest Service to review the other task orders that were issued during 2013.
“Everyone involved is very excited to have restoration work actively begin in the forests,” Good Earth Power CEO Jason Rosamond said. “This is the first step in a long-term project that will produce many great benefits to the entire region.”
TCG Director of Operations Stephen Levesque also announced this week that Steve Horner will assume the role of Area Manager for TCG in Arizona, effective in January 2014. Horner joined TCG in 2009 as an Area Manager responsible for 165,000 acres of forestland in coastal Northern California. In that role, he directed landscape-scale restoration activities designed to advance the growth of diverse and healthy forests.
“We are pleased that Steve will lead TCG’s work in Arizona,” Levesque said. “His restoration knowledge and experience engaging stakeholders will enhance TCG’s ability to implement forest restoration projects in the region.”
GEPAZ and TCG will share a regional office at 1645 S. Plaza Way in Flagstaff that is expected to open in January. Horner and his team will be based there, as will the GEPAZ operations staff.