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Don't bankrupt forest restoration with firefighting

8/26/2014
The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a model for municipalities across the West. The larger question is how to restore the forest so that there is little need for short-term, limited-scale hazard-reduction projects like the FWPP.
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Thinning the forests still a tricky balancing act

8/24/2014
Nobody wants to make the ponderosa pine forest of northern Arizona fireproof. Low-intensity fires have been part of the life cycle of a healthy forest for eons. But by treating the forest mainly in ways that reduce hazards such as flooding in the aftermath of stand-clearing wildfires, are we in
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The Two Wildfires Everyone Should Be Talking About (Op-Ed)

8/22/2014
Arizona is no stranger to megafires. The 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire and the 2011 Wallow Fire were two of the country's first massive wildfires to make national headlines — each burned nearly 500,000 acres (2,020 square kilometers) of forest. Over the past five years, fires have threatened many
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WILDFIRE: Analysis shows thinned forests were no match for last year's mega-fire in Calif.

8/20/2014
Sometimes even the best efforts to return a forest to a less fire-prone state go up in flames.
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Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying

8/14/2014
Reuters) - Long, heavy logging trucks, swaying with the weight of charred California pines, wind through the forest near Yosemite National Park, part of an effort to clean up from last year’s devastating wildfires even as new blazes break out this summer. But as the U.S. Forest Service prepares to
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Flagstaff Funds Wildfire Prevention with Bonds

8/11/2014
The Arizona city is likely the only in the country to pay for wildfire prevention with bond money and is being looked to as a national model for leveraging federal funds.
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Arizona forest thinning receives aid

8/1/2014
Contributions by Boeing, other corporations and even a garden club may someday help forest managers strategically thin Arizona's forests to slow catastrophic wildfires by removing small-diameter trees while preserving the proper mix of old and new trees and grassy clearings.
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Wildfires: Not Always a Brush of Devastation

7/8/2014
Over Memorial Day weekend I went on a camping trip to Woods Canyon Lake near Payson, and I realized how valuable a campfire really is. My fellow campers and I were unable to have a campfire due to the dry conditions and the high risk of starting a forest fire. In the last two months, Arizona has
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WILDFIRE: As Ariz.'s San Juan fire rages on, crews tout value of forest-thinning project

7/2/2014
Western lawmakers and the Forest Service have long argued that depending on how a forest is managed, a wildfire can be either a natural phenomenon that is a boon to the forest ecosystem, or a costly -- and sometimes deadly -- disaster.
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Aggressive Treatments Underway for Slide Fire Burn Areas

6/29/2014
This week, the Coconino National Forest began an aggressive treatment of Oak Creek Canyon’s most severely burned areas from the Slide Fire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one part of that process is so-called heli-mulching
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