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4FRI gets $10M boost

The Forest Service has announced plans to inject millions of additional dollars into northern Arizona’s Four Forest Restoration Initiative to help accelerate work on the 2.4 million-acre forest health project. That’s in addition to several other shifts the agency is making on how it offers up 4FRI
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4FRI contractor says forest thinning still on track

The head of the largest contractor on the Four Forest Restoration Initiative said he is “bullish” about the company’s forest thinning work in 2016. In a presentation to 4FRI stakeholders on Wednesday, Jason Rosamond said Good Earth Power AZ has plans to invest $100 million and thin 16,000 acres
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Forest thinning makes strides on Observatory Mesa

The forest across Observatory Mesa is looking much more open these days. That's because this fall, the city of Flagstaff finished thinning and pile burning on nearly 700 acres on the mesa just west of downtown. The work was part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, the taxpayer-funded
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Global Warming Helped Exacerbate Biggest Year Ever for U.S. Wildfires

A warmer, drier climate played a role in fires that burned more than 10 million acres
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Flagstaff Study: Wildfire May Double Erosion in a Quarter of Western Watersheds

A Flagstaff-led study predicts future wildfires will dramatically increase soil erosion in the American West.
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Forty years in forestry earns NAU Regents’ professor prestigious award

Over four decades of study, forestry professor and restoration ecologist Wally Covington has seen trees compete for water and sunlight, struggle with insects and disease, turn to ash in wildfires. He has also seen the future in the past—what a forest should look like through what it used to look
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Octocopter drone an NAU first

The octocopter is the newest contributor to Sankey’s collection of satellite and airplane-based data. The Northern Arizona University professor’s research focuses on analyzing images collected by remote imaging sensors on various aerial devices in order to measure the effects of human and natural
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Mixed-conifer forests at risk for high-severity wildfire

Northern Arizona University scientists are calling for accelerated restoration of mixed-conifer forests in a paper published this month in Forest Ecology and Management. These landscapes are at extreme risk for uncharacteristic wildfire because of tree density, fire suppression and warmer
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NAU researcher finds forest treatment contributes to increased snowpack

After analyzing thousands of images from satellites and airplane-flown sensors, Teki Sankey, Northern Arizona University ecologist and remote sensing scientist, concluded that forest thinning increases snow accumulations on the ground and allows snow to linger during the spring melt. The combined
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Science, collaboration in action

This week, we celebrate the signing of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project‘s final Record of Decision by the U.S. Forest Service, which clears a total of 8,669 acres for treatment through mechanical thinning, hand thinning and prescribed burning. The watershed project is a monumental event
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