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Still a burning issue: Forest thinning plan almost done

Five years have passed since federal agencies, environmentalists, businesses and local governments united under an initiative to protect northern Arizona's ponderosa-pine forests.
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How Arizona wildfires impact water supply, economy

Arizona is home to the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in North America, with a single stand stretching from near Flagstaff all the way to the White Mountains of the east. And in the last 10 years, 25 percent of it burned, said Patrick Graham, Arizona state director for the Nature
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4FRI close to clearing major environmental hurdle

After almost four years of work, the U.S. Forest Service has released its final plan for restoration work on almost 600,000 acres of northern Arizona forests.
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The Changing Face of Southwestern Forests and Forest Products

In the foothills of central New Mexico's Manzano Mountains, Phil Archuletta has seen the signs of the future. In fact, he has seen many signs since he founded P&M Signs in 2009. His business plan is turn small diameter ponderosa pine trees, which few people want, along with plastic milk
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Draft Decision on Nation’s Largest Forest Restoration Plan Released; Open House Scheduled

A major milestone has been reached for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), a partnership between over 30 stakeholders and the U.S. Forest Service. Currently, the U.S. Forest Service is offering an early preview of a draft Record of Decision (DROD) and the project’s phase one
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Study: Climate change will make wildfires worse

PHOENIX –– While Arizona’s most recent fire season was relatively tame, one study argues that the worst may be yet to come due to climate change.
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Making a (better) case for forest restoration

Two studies published last month reaffirm the benefit of local forest treatment projects from both an economic perspective and an ecological one. The study calculated the potential wildfire and flood-related costs that will be avoided with the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. The other
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Fighting fire with fire in Flagstaff, literally

Firefighters are taking advantage of perfect conditions for controlled burns, which can create smoky conditions now but help prevent catastrophic wildfires down the road
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Cable logging concerns dominate Flagstaff watershed protection comments

Since Flagstaff voters approved the $10 million Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project in 2012, the project has become a closely watched and carefully scrutinized example of what a community-funded forest treatment plan should look like.
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How much would you pay to clean up Verde watershed?

VERDE VALLEY - Everything flows downstream eventually. That includes sediment from bad roads. That includes ashy flood runoff after forest fires. That is why the Salt River Project has climbed on board with the National Forest Foundation to protect the state's major watersheds. Eventually, a lot
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