The logging company many hope will protect forested communities from catastrophic wildfires continues to struggle to marshal a massive effort, but hasn’t yet cut much, participants at a conference on Forest Health learned last week.

Steve Horner, who is seeking to fulfill the biggest forest restoration contract in Forest Service history, said Good Earth has permission to cut some 15,000 acres already and expects another 10,000 in task orders shortly. Horner is area manager for Campbell Global, which is managing the contract for Good Earth.

But that’s just the down payment on a contract through the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI) that covers 300,000 acres. On the original schedule, Good Earth would have cut 40,000 acres last year and 40,000 this year, but so far the company has cut only a few thousand acres.