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Brain Food: Sound Wave Technology Measures Tree Quality For Market Value

If a tree falls in the forest and no one's there to hear, does it make a sound? It definitely makes sound waves, according to wood scientist Dave Auty of Northern Arizona University. Auty uses "acoustic evaluation technology", or sound wave probes, to determine the stiffness and quality of a tree
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Wildfires, Once Confined to a Season, Burn Earlier and Longer

Fires, once largely confined to a single season, have become a continual threat in some places, burning earlier and later in the year, in the United States and abroad. They have ignited in the West during the winter and well into the fall, have arrived earlier than ever in Canada and have burned
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Cutting it Down to Size

Arizona is home to the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world. Its size is impressive. Its health is not — the woods are too dense. Thus, the four forest restoration initiative, an unprecedented, ambitious and controversial effort to thin and restore 2.4 million acres on four national
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Trails close as Flagstaff watershed protection work starts

North of Schultz Pass road and just west of the Weatherford Trail, the grind of a giant feller buncher machine rose above the rush of a biting spring wind on Wednesday. A few hundred yards off the road, the logging machine deftly sawed down trees and then, using its giant claws, grabbed the tall
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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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