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Cutting Down Trees May Save a Sprawling Forest

Following years of debate surrounding the project, top Forest Service officials yesterday hailed a key step forward for the nation's largest forest restoration initiative.
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Largest Forest Service Restoration Initiative Reaches Milestone

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 –U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said today that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), the largest landscape-scale restoration initiative of its kind, has reached a pivotal milestone towards achieving accelerated forest restoration on more than 500,000
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Get Ready for Another Hot Forest Fire Season

With California in the midst of a megadrought and most of the West nearly as parched, this year’s wildfires already threaten to become the biggest, costliest and most destructive in U.S. history. Scarier still is that the federal Forest Service predicts that nearly every fire season for the
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Restoring forest health is an imperative

Video from Wally Covington
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Fire Safety for Coming Fire Season

April 8, 2015 - NAZ Today reporter, Xavier Rangel, takes a look at how safe the high country is from a potentially devastating blaze.
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Community Briefs: Watershed project award finalist

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project has been selected as one of the top ten finalists in the contest “Solution Search: Reducing Our Risk – Innovation for Disaster Preparation,” ( Voting for the People’s Choice award is now open for daily
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NAU receives $4.1 million NSF grant to study threatened southwestern white pine

Northern Arizona University has been awarded the largest forestry-related grant in the college’s history: $4.1 million to study the threatened southwestern white pine.
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Bark beetle link to major wildfires put in doubt

The markings of the mountain pine beetle are unmistakable — twisted mazes of tracks winding through the wood just beneath the bark of a tree. Across the West, the squiggly lines have become a symbol of pine trees’ demise. But the more than 27,000 square miles of trees that have been mowed through
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At the doorstep of fire season in Flagstaff

A warm weather streak has beckoned spring in northern Arizona, putting the looming fire season for the second consecutive about a month ahead of schedule.
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Firefighters face risky 'new normal' in wildfire behavior

RENO, Nev. -- Todd McNeal, chief of Twain Harte Fire and Rescue, spoke before his fellow firefighters and foresters last week with the tone of an evangelist.
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