News Archive

New ecosystems services office

Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer today announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board to assist the Secretary of Agriculture in the development of
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Prescribed fires thinning forest

Smoke rising from Coconino Forest does not necessarily mean there is a wildfire. Many organizations are taking part in prescribed fires as an attempt to protect communities and help the forest.
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Woody biomass grants

USDA requests proposals to improve the utilization of woody biomass residue from forest restoration activities.
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Snowflake White Mountain power biomass plant opens

On September 3, three Ecological Restoration Institute employees--Lucy Murfitt, Joe Seidenberg and Dave Egan--attended the public opening of Arizona’s first wood-fired biomass energy plant near Snowflake, Arizona. More than 150 people, including project collaborators, government representatives and
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Thinning the fear

The time of year we fear is here. Scorching heat ... dry, whipping winds ... and indiscriminate dry lightning, remorselessly seeking something to ignite.
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Forest Landscape Restoration Act

The Forest Landscape Restoration Act, debated on in Congress on June 16, is a bill to establish a program at the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior to carry out collaborative ecological restoration treatments for priority forest landscapes on public land, and for other purposes
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SNUFFED OUT? — Decade of thinning converts Flagstaff from one of the West's riskiest forest communities to one of its safest

Twelve years ago, this was a summer of anxiety for Flagstaff.
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US Forest Service publishes new planning rule

After having projects halted because their 2005 Planning Rule was dismissed by a federal judge in 2007, the U.S. Forest Service was obliged to redo their overall planning rules. On April 21, 2008, they released the 2008 Planning Rule (36 CFR 219, National Forest System Land Management Planning:
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FLAME Act to provide dedicated permanent funding to US Forest Service for fighting catastrophic mega-fires

On Thursday, April 10, 2008, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano spoke before the House Natural Resources Committee on behalf of the Western Governors Association in support of the Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act. The bill, introduced by Chairman Rahall (D-WV),
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Wood supply report

Study group produces report on wood supply from restored ponderosa pine forests in northern AZ.
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