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Bleak future for warming forest

1/11/2015
The wiry branches of a dead ponderosa pierce the skyline of a stretch of forest just north of Walnut Canyon National Monument. The landscape is dotted with these tree skeletons, victims of a severe drought in 2002 and which are now losing their limbs, slowly crumbling back into the soil. It may
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MNA Slide Fire Exhibit: Fire in the frame

1/11/2015
On Tuesday, Lynette Jennings closed herself and a helper behind a curtain in the Donald W. Waddell Special Exhibits Gallery at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The afternoon light through a nearby window caught one image, a stand of massive Ponderosa pines engulfed in bright orange. The scene was of
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Understanding Forest Restoration Effects on Water Balance

1/9/2015
Cottonwood AZ (January 9, 2015) – On Wednesday, January 21st at 10:30 a.m., speaker Dr. Frances O’Donnell, a post-doctoral scholar at Northern Arizona University, will discuss research that will determine the best methods for monitoring forest moisture before and after forest thinning and
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Science doesn't lie: Forest thinning pays off

1/5/2015
Ag prof: An initial $130 million investment for forest thinning now provides more than $20 million each year in regional income.
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Still a burning issue: Forest thinning plan almost done

12/3/2014
Five years have passed since federal agencies, environmentalists, businesses and local governments united under an initiative to protect northern Arizona's ponderosa-pine forests.
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How Arizona wildfires impact water supply, economy

11/24/2014
Arizona is home to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America, with a single stand stretching from near Flagstaff all the way to the White Mountains of the east. And in the last 10 years, 25 percent of it burned, said Patrick Graham, Arizona state director for the Nature
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4FRI close to clearing major environmental hurdle

11/23/2014
After almost four years of work, the U.S. Forest Service has released its final plan for restoration work on almost 600,000 acres of northern Arizona forests.
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The Changing Face of Southwestern Forests and Forest Products

11/18/2014
In the foothills of central New Mexico's Manzano Mountains, Phil Archuletta has seen the signs of the future. In fact, he has seen many signs since he founded P&M Signs in 2009. His business plan is turn small diameter ponderosa pine trees, which few people want, along with plastic milk
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Draft Decision on Nation’s Largest Forest Restoration Plan Released; Open House Scheduled

11/18/2014
A major milestone has been reached for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), a partnership between over 30 stakeholders and the U.S. Forest Service. Currently, the U.S. Forest Service is offering an early preview of a draft Record of Decision (DROD) and the project’s phase one
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Study: Climate change will make wildfires worse

11/14/2014
PHOENIX –– While Arizona’s most recent fire season was relatively tame, one study argues that the worst may be yet to come due to climate change.
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