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Bark Beetles, Wildfires, and Our Forests: 5 Questions for Dr. Brian J. Harvey

The last several decades have seen an increase in deadly bark beetle outbreaks and severe wildfires throughout western North America, killing trees throughout tens of millions of acres of forests from Arizona to Alaska. Although tree-killing beetles and wildfires are native to these forests, the
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Tracking 4FRI's landscape impacts

Dusk was settling in on a warm evening last summer as Shaula Hedwall ventured into the forest below Mormon Mountain. The senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist and two Forest Service staffers were on a mission to track a Mexican spotted owl whose calls were heard in the area the night
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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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