News Archive

Holiday kisses or the kiss of the death?

There are two kinds of mistletoe native to Arizona. There’s the leafy mistletoe found in cottonwoods and oak trees in places such as Oak Creek Canyon and along the Verde River that can bring you kisses. And then there’s its high-country cousin, the dwarf mistletoe found in conifers that can bring
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Plans would let large fires work their benefits in southern Arizona

Here's the prescription for our catastrophically burned forests: Burn them again ... and again.
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Udall beetle bill looks to boost biofuel, biopower solutions

Backers of biofuel and biopower see the millions of lodgepole pine trees killed by the Rocky Mountain bark beetle epidemic as a source of carbon-neutral power. Their efforts to turn the devastation into usable energy may take off if Congress passes a bill floated by Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall
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Turkeys part of forest health recipe

This Thanksgiving season foresters, ecologists, wildlife biologists and local tree cutters, who may not have too much on their plates right now, are among those giving turkeys a lot of thought.
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Endowment to host dialogue with conservation thinkers

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (the Endowment) is seeking to deepen engagement in its work with conservation professionals and interested parties. To further that end, the Endowment has scheduled two webinar sessions specifically for that purpose. The dialogue with a diverse set
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Researchers bite into bat research this Halloween season

Halloween is a time when many of us are thinking about vampires; however, this Halloween season Northern Arizona University researchers and students also are focused on bats. These nocturnal creatures have a reputation for carrying the rabies virus, but what’s occurring in the Coconino National
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Jon Kyl-Restoring our forests

The 2009 fire season is coming to a close in Arizona. Thankfully, Arizona has again been spared from large fires, but we cannot become complacent. There is still a serious forest health problem that we must work to address.
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Aspen fading fast - entire groves at 7,000 feet are dying

The soft sound of quaking aspen leaves trembling on the slightest breeze is the sound of summer in the mountains of the West. But that sound has become softer, and researchers believe the color of fall may be fading, too. This because of an extraordinarily rapid dieback of the aspen, a phenomenon
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Hopis strive for healthier woodlands

Hopi Tribe Forestry Technician Woody Shattuck spent many a summer on the Hopi Reservation with his grandfather, who made Kachina dolls, and his grandmother, who made pottery. His childhood memories and respect for the Hopi culture have brought him back as an adult. His knowledge has provided him
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Aspen Fire vs. Taylor Fire

As ashes continue to fall on backyard barbecues and an ominous wall of smoke threatened to blanket Flagstaff earlier this week, the Taylor Fire, torching out centuries-old ponderosa pines, is sending a burning message to our eyes and minds that forest restoration efforts are far from being out of
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