News Archive

Study ties water value among irrigators to forest restoration

5/31/2013
At least in the case of Verde Valley, downstream irrigators are willing to pay for restoration of a forest they cannot see to preserve a resource that is currently free.
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NAU study estimates financial impact of wildfire

5/31/2013
Researchers at Northern Arizona University have put the financial impact of a 2010 wildfire and subsequent flooding at more than $130 million.
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Study urges more thinning in backcountry

5/28/2013
The federal government must spend more to thin overstocked backcountry forests if it hopes to protect ecosystems and reduce the cost of wildfire suppression, according to a new study commissioned by the Interior Department.
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Sequester guts wildfire prevention, sets up bigger blazes...and leaves locals to pick up the tab

5/24/2013
Skyler Lofgren shouts above a din of buzzing chainsaws, leans into his own, and with a final heave topples another 40-foot Ponderosa pine. Lofgren, 27, a forest firefighting crew boss with Flagstaff, Arizona's fire department, felled a dozen trees on Monday, overseeing an outdoor classroom for a
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Wildfires may strengthen long-term climate change, warns US Forest Service

5/22/2013
The US Forest Service voiced its concern on Tuesday over the atmospheric effects of wildfire emissions on climate change, saying the issue is of great importance to scientists and policymakers alike.
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Surprising pollution problem: too many trees (Op-Ed)

5/21/2013
Back in 1981, President Ronald Reagan caused an uproar when he warned that trees "cause more pollution than automobiles do." Go ahead, snicker. I sure did. But recently I discovered that he was actually right (albeit for all the wrong reasons)
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After Fern Lake fire in Rocky Mountain National Park, new life forms

5/14/2013
An unprecedented post-Thanksgiving wildfire that burned through snow, frustrating firefighters as ponds froze and ice coated helicopters, has revitalized forests and meadows in Rocky Mountain National Park.
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Feds Prepare For Tough Fire Season

5/13/2013
Due to across the board budget cuts the Forest Service will have 500 fewer firefighters this season. It normally has 10,500 firefighters.
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Budget woes will hamper wildfire prevention: officials

5/13/2013
Shrinking budgets mean fewer firefighters will be available this summer even as unusually dry weather has increased the risk of fire in much of the U.S. West, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warned on Monday.
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