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Restoring forest health is an imperative

Video from Wally Covington
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Fire Safety for Coming Fire Season

April 8, 2015 - NAZ Today reporter, Xavier Rangel, takes a look at how safe the high country is from a potentially devastating blaze.
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Community Briefs: Watershed project award finalist

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project has been selected as one of the top ten finalists in the contest “Solution Search: Reducing Our Risk – Innovation for Disaster Preparation,” ( Voting for the People’s Choice award is now open for daily
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NAU receives $4.1 million NSF grant to study threatened southwestern white pine

Northern Arizona University has been awarded the largest forestry-related grant in the college’s history: $4.1 million to study the threatened southwestern white pine.
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Bark beetle link to major wildfires put in doubt

The markings of the mountain pine beetle are unmistakable — twisted mazes of tracks winding through the wood just beneath the bark of a tree. Across the West, the squiggly lines have become a symbol of pine trees’ demise. But the more than 27,000 square miles of trees that have been mowed through
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At the doorstep of fire season in Flagstaff

A warm weather streak has beckoned spring in northern Arizona, putting the looming fire season for the second consecutive about a month ahead of schedule.
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Firefighters face risky 'new normal' in wildfire behavior

RENO, Nev. -- Todd McNeal, chief of Twain Harte Fire and Rescue, spoke before his fellow firefighters and foresters last week with the tone of an evangelist.
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Conservationists say thinning Sierra forests may help state water supply

With the state entering its fourth year of drought, some conservationists are looking at thinning Sierra forests to increase the amount of water that flows into area rivers. The Nature Conservancy issued a report Friday that argues that thinning forests on public lands can reduce wildfire risk in
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Wildfires eat up Forest Service budget, hampering prevention

The cost of fighting wildfires in California and in the western United States has skyrocketed, hampering efforts by the U.S. Forest Service to implement fire prevention and forest management programs, the country’s top natural resources official said Wednesday.
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Fungus could halt bark beetle munching

Bark beetles were flitting around Rich Hofstetter’s lab at Northern Arizona University on Thursday morning, escapees from one of several ponderosa pine logs sitting in plastic tubs stacked in the corner. Though harmless inside the lab’s walls, the species, ips lecontei, has a deadly history — it
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