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Making a (better) case for forest restoration

Two studies published last month reaffirm the benefit of local forest treatment projects from both an economic perspective and an ecological one. The study calculated the potential wildfire and flood-related costs that will be avoided with the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. The other
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Fighting fire with fire in Flagstaff, literally

Firefighters are taking advantage of perfect conditions for controlled burns, which can create smoky conditions now but help prevent catastrophic wildfires down the road
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Cable logging concerns dominate Flagstaff watershed protection comments

Since Flagstaff voters approved the $10 million Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project in 2012, the project has become a closely watched and carefully scrutinized example of what a community-funded forest treatment plan should look like.
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How much would you pay to clean up Verde watershed?

VERDE VALLEY - Everything flows downstream eventually. That includes sediment from bad roads. That includes ashy flood runoff after forest fires. That is why the Salt River Project has climbed on board with the National Forest Foundation to protect the state's major watersheds. Eventually, a lot
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Forestry 101

For three days on the North Rim, artists were bombarded with a slew of fire-themed jargon managers and ecologists threw around like DAID ping pong balls at a wildfire. A host of National Park Service fire managers, Southwest Fire Science Consortium and Landscape Conservation Initiative coordinators
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Where raging fires were the norm

In the vast ponderosa pine forests that stretch across northern Arizona, decades of research have shown that low-severity, frequent fires were the historical norm. But a new study out of the University of Colorado cautions that those same assumptions don’t apply to higher elevation, mixed conifer
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City and NAU team up to study owls

The city of Flagstaff is teaming up with Northern Arizona University to monitor the habitat of Mexican spotted owls during the city's forest thinning program. Council will vote on an intergovernmental agreement with NAU for the study at its 4 p.m. meeting Tuesday at City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave.
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California burning points to more intense wildfires

As the forest fires season peaks in the western US, a new report predicts that climate-led temperature rise will lead to millions more acres across the world being burned to the ground. LONDON, 27 September, 2014 − Smoke from fires burning at present in northern California has been detected as far
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Wildfire Prevention Costs Far Less Than Fires (Op-Ed)

The economics of wildfires are complex and grow more so as environmental conditions evolve. The average wildfire season has stretched from five months in the 1970s to seven months today, according to the report "Playing With Fire" from the Union of Concerned Scientists. But effective planning has
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New sawmill brings jobs to Williams, helps thin forests

A new sawmill opened Monday west of Flagstaff after two years of planning.
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