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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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Tax cuts bolster forest thinning program

A tax incentive program started in 2004 to promote forest health in Arizona has picked up steam in recent years as legislators have bolstered the program with additional tax credits and exemptions.
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Grant to support forest restoration research

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Foundation have awarded $205,000 to the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as part of the community campaign for Super Bowl XLIX, which takes place Feb. 1 in Glendale.
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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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