Frequently Asked Questions

What is SWERI?

The Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) is comprised of three university-based restoration institutes: the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute (NFMWRI), the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute (CFRI), and the Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) in Arizona. These institutes work together to develop a program of applied research and service to help create healthy forests, prevent wildfires, create healthy bodies of water, and create jobs.

How long has SWERI been around?

The Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes (SWERI) were authorized by Congress in 2004.

What does SWERI do and why should I care?

The primary purpose of the Institutes is to develop, translate, and provide the best available science to land managers, practitioners, and stakeholders who are designing and implementing forest restoration and hazardous fuel reduction treatments.

People should care about the work SWERI does because there is an increasing threat of wildfire to millions of acres of forest land and rangeland throughout the western United States. Forest land and rangeland are degraded as a direct consequence of past land management practices. The number, size, and severity of wildfires in the interior West are increasing. As a result of past land management and the exponential growth in population in the American West, we are seeing catastrophic wildfires, which endanger homes and communities; damage and destroy watersheds and soils; and pose a serious threat to wildlife and their habitat.