News Archive

SRP Healthy Forests Conference

10/14/2015
Water has been a source of news lately, from the discovery of water on Mars to the exacerbated droughts in California. Concern about water is nothing new to us in our desert state of Arizona, but not everyone knows to be concerned about the one thing that directly impacts our water quality: our
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Forest managers embrace the benefits of fire

9/26/2015
As wildfires decimate communities and char landscapes in California and across the Northwest this year, the story of fire in northern Arizona has been almost completely the opposite.
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As Fires Grow, a New Landscape Appears in the West

9/21/2015
NEAR COCHITI CANYON, N.M. — The hills here are beautiful, a rolling, green landscape of grasses and shrubs under a late-summer sky. But it is starkly different from what was here before: vast forests of ponderosa pine. The repeated blazes that devastated the trees were caused by simple things: an
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The Science Behind 4FRI: Forest Restoration In Arizona

9/14/2015
While held up by politics and economics, the nation’s largest forest thinning project is founded on partnerships and sound science. Even though it is well behind schedule, restoration of southwestern forests may be one of the region's smartest investments.
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Working Together to Restore the Colorado Front Range - See more at: http://blogs.usda.gov/2015/09/02/working-together-to-restore-the-colorado-front-range/#sthash.48OhQwTu.dpuf

9/2/2015
It started with a call from a concerned landowner living on Pine Country Lane, nestled in the foothills just west of Denver. The landscape spread out before them was scarred from previous high-severity fires, the homeowners told their local Conservation District. Their home was sitting at the top
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Using forest fires to prevent forest fires

8/31/2015
This policy of fire suppression is one the US has followed for over a century. Some scientists, however, are beginning to question this strategy. There is a growing consensus of researchers who believe suppressing forest fires might actually be causing more severe fires, and worsening climate
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Lack of prescribed burns fuels rise of megafires, ASU fire historian says

8/28/2015
With the largest fire in Washington state history raging and the sixth-worst fire season on record in the U.S. since 1960, the nation’s eyes are mesmerized by the lapping flames and expanding smoke clouds of wildfires. An eye-popping 7 million acres have burned in Alaska and the Lower 48 this year.
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NAU researchers study fungi's ability to help trees weather climate change

8/13/2015
In the shadow of Sunset Crater, a smattering of pinyon pine, juniper and shrubby Apache plume cling to a shallow layer of soil sandwiched between a black, gravelly mixture of ash and cinders. Catherine Gehring, a professor of plant and fungal ecology at Northern Arizona University, wound through
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California hotshots move from fire to fire as wildfire season blazes on

8/13/2015
There are currently 16 active wildfires across California and 11,000 firefighters are on the ground battling the blazes.
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Fighting fire with fire: Prescribed burns take aim at wildfire threats

8/5/2015
As bureaucrats in Washington were complaining about growing costs of wildfires Wednesday, forest officials in Arizona were lighting a forest fire – but the two groups are working toward the same goal.
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