News Archive

Fire study stirs controversy

9/28/2012
A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study -- published earlier this year -- raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades.
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Burning a forest to save it

9/27/2012
Controlled burning of grasslands and forests has been used for thousands of years to stimulate plant germination, replenish the ground with valuable nutrients, thin out trees and burn dry pine needles and tree limbs on the ground. When humans were not intentionally setting fires, lightning strikes
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U.S. West should expect bigger wildfires more often

9/19/2012
A warming trend has contributed to a sharp rise in the number and size of wildfires on forest lands in the U.S. West, where big burns are likely to become the norm, according to a report released on Tuesday by a climate research group.
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Forest fires: Burn out

9/19/2012
A little after noon on Sunday 26 June 2011, strong winds toppled an aspen tree onto a power line in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. The year had been extraordinarily dry, and the temperatures that week had soared well above normal. When a spark from the power line ignited a fire, wind
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Disastrous wildfire era set to continue in Colorado

9/16/2012
With each passing year, forests with 10 times the tress they once held are ready to burn.
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Established process used to choose 4FRI contractor

9/14/2012
By now, the people of Northern Arizona have heard about a large forest restoration project we call 4FRI (Four Forest Restoration Initiative), a truly unprecedented effort to restore the health and ecological function of our beautiful Northern Arizona forests. The overall goal of this initiative is
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Coal, forests and mining on agenda

9/14/2012
The southern Colorado Plateau reaching into Flagstaff has been at the center of debates in recent years over how best to manage the forest, whether to mine uranium, how to respond to climate change and who gets priority on the Colorado River.
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Wildfire restoration

9/14/2012
In September, as the fire season slows and the smoke clears, it’s obvious that 2012 was another big, bad year for wildfires. With a heat wave, a drought, and fires taking out thousands of homes in Colorado Springs and elsewhere, it seemed like everyone was talking about the weird weather this
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More forestry work eyed for Smuggler Mountain

9/7/2012
A trio of tree-cutting projects this fall on Smuggler Mountain — a favorite Aspen playground — is but a taste of what's envisioned in a broader plan that encompasses more than 4,000 acres of national forest in the Smuggler-Hunter Creek area. The upcoming projects represent the fourth year of
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