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Rocky Mountain forests are dying, report finds, blaming climate change

The main evergreen and aspen tree species making up Rocky Mountain forests are dwindling and likely will die out dramatically by 2060, according to a report by science advocacy groups. It's not clear what will replace them.
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Arizona wildfire season tame

About 200,000 acres of Arizona grassland and forest have burned in 2014. That may seem like a lot - 312.5 square miles — but it’s less than three one-thousandths of the state’s land mass, and a fifth of the acreage burned in the state’s record fire year in 2011. It was “an unremarkable year” for
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Don't bankrupt forest restoration with firefighting

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a model for municipalities across the West. The larger question is how to restore the forest so that there is little need for short-term, limited-scale hazard-reduction projects like the FWPP.
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Superbowl Grant Money Awarded to NAU Program

NAZ Today's Xavier Rangel reports that the Ecological Restoration Institute at NAU has received $205,000 from the Arizona Superbowl Host Committee and the NFL Foundation. The money will come in handy for restoring the health of the forest.
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Thinning the forests still a tricky balancing act

Nobody wants to make the ponderosa pine forest of northern Arizona fireproof. Low-intensity fires have been part of the life cycle of a healthy forest for eons. But by treating the forest mainly in ways that reduce hazards such as flooding in the aftermath of stand-clearing wildfires, are we in
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The Two Wildfires Everyone Should Be Talking About (Op-Ed)

Arizona is no stranger to megafires. The 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire and the 2011 Wallow Fire were two of the country's first massive wildfires to make national headlines — each burned nearly 500,000 acres (2,020 square kilometers) of forest. Over the past five years, fires have threatened many
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WILDFIRE: Analysis shows thinned forests were no match for last year's mega-fire in Calif.

Sometimes even the best efforts to return a forest to a less fire-prone state go up in flames.
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Plan to sell burned California trees sends sparks flying

Reuters) - Long, heavy logging trucks, swaying with the weight of charred California pines, wind through the forest near Yosemite National Park, part of an effort to clean up from last year’s devastating wildfires even as new blazes break out this summer. But as the U.S. Forest Service prepares to
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Flagstaff Funds Wildfire Prevention with Bonds

The Arizona city is likely the only in the country to pay for wildfire prevention with bond money and is being looked to as a national model for leveraging federal funds.
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Arizona forest thinning receives aid

Contributions by Boeing, other corporations and even a garden club may someday help forest managers strategically thin Arizona's forests to slow catastrophic wildfires by removing small-diameter trees while preserving the proper mix of old and new trees and grassy clearings.
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