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Wildfire, flood risks spur forest thinning near Flagstaff

2/12/2017
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A project to thin the forests of overgrown trees and brush around Flagstaff will expand this year to reduce the risk of wildfires and flooding.
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Wildfire evolution forces Forest Service into new thinking

2/11/2017
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — When a forest fire threatens your house and you have minutes to run, do you know what you plan to grab besides your family? The photo albums? Computer hard drive? Tax records? Gun collection? Clean underwear? The U.S. Forest Service faces a much bigger version of that
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NAU study shows value of some wildfire in forest restoration

2/10/2017
FLAGSTAFF — A study conducted by the Ecological Research Institute at Northern Arizona University and recently published in a scientific journal shows that moderate- and low-intensity wildfires offer some value to forest managers in meeting forest restoration goals.
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Using tablets for tree thinning

2/9/2017
Although the use of special paint to mark trees has long been standard practice to guide forest thinning operations, the city of Flagstaff, with help from The Nature Conservancy, is trying out a new technology on some portions of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. Instead of physically
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Forest thinning accelerates around Flagstaff

2/9/2017
Now entering its fifth year, the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, or FWPP, is poised for a major ramp-up in forest thinning activities in 2017. And much of the work will be taking place next door to Flagstaff neighborhoods as well as throughout popular recreation areas.
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Study: Managed Wildfires a Mixed Success for Ponderosa Pine Forests

1/31/2017
The U.S. Forest Service allowed fire to burn more than 73,500 acres in northern Arizona last year. New research examines how well these “managed wildfires” restore healthy, historic conditions to ponderosa pine forests.
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Coal burning plant experiments with burning woody biomass

12/8/2016
A group of hardhat-clad utility officials and journalists braced themselves against a bitter December breeze on Friday as they watched a metal chute spill a stream of wood chips onto a conveyor of jet black coal. Churning along at a rate of 1,000 tons per hour, the coal was headed up to the giant
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National Defense Act Includes AZ Priorities

12/8/2016
Washington, D.C. ­– Today, the United States Senate delivered final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (NDAA), legislation championed by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ). The legislation includes additional priorities for the state of
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More than 300 firefighters converge on Tucson to share ideas at fire conference

11/29/2016
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - More than 300 firefighters from 21 states and five continents have gathered at the Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson to debate fire suppression ideas and to learn more about managing fire for social, economic and ecological benefits. The conference runs from Nov. 28 to
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Planned burns in Arizona, West vital to restoring forests

11/21/2016
That smoke you saw rising from Mount Bigelow in the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson Monday should be a more regular sight, say fire historians and forest ecologists. Two recent studies place different emphasis on the primary causes of fire in the mountains of the West, but the
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