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4FRI watershed restoration work gets boost from volunteers

Last week, in the forest southwest of Lake Mary, a group of volunteers wound their way through ponderosa-covered slopes, rocky drainages and knee high grasses. Their goal was to find and follow the route that water takes as it flows from the flanks of Mormon Mountain, through the forest and into
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Forest Service wants partnerships to help manage forests

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said his agency is depending on partnerships with states and private organizations to manage 60 million acres in need of restoration because of staff and budget cuts.
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Giant forest fires exterminate spotted owls, long-term study finds

As climate changes and wildfires get larger, hotter and more frequent, how should public lands in the American West be managed to protect endangered creatures that, like the spotted owl, rely on fire-prone old-growth forests?
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Forest Service begins second 4FRI analysis

More than a year after completing its first environmental analysis for northern Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the Forest Service has begun a second environmental planning process encompassing the eastern portion of the 2.4 million-acre project.
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Study: Climate change increases Arizona's wildfire threat

Researchers say to expect hotter years, bigger fires.
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Wildfires And High Temperatures Scorch The Western U.S.

Five years of drought, 100-plus temperatures and gusting winds: Firefighters in Southern California are facing dangerous conditions as they battle two day-old fires east of Los Angeles. And they're not alone. Wildfires are raging in several Western states as a heat wave grips the region.
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Flagstaff wildfire prevention cited among ‘best in class’ for nation

WASHINGTON – A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes. The report by the National Wildlife Federation cited Flagstaff’s wildfire prevention
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El Nino adds fuel to Southwestern fires

In California, Arizona and New Mexico, an underperforming weather pattern increased wildfire risk.
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Arizona Warm Fire 10 Years Later: A Cautionary Tale

June 8, 2016, marks 10 years since the Warm Fire sparked controversy north of the Grand Canyon. Fire managers decided to manage the blaze to get rid of dense fuels. But days later strong wind gusts pushed the fire beyond its boundary and changed the landscape for centuries to come.
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Can cutting down trees protect New Mexico’s water?

A new collaboration seeks to ease wildfire’s impacts by thinning overgrown forests.
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