forest fire

Melissa Sevigny

Forests in northern Arizona have a problem: massive piles of wood chips left behind from thinning projects. They can’t stay in the forest because of the fire danger and there’s no local market for them. But they have to go somewhere. A new experiment is testing the idea of burning them along with coal to generate electricity. It’s not easy to do, but if contractors can sell wood chips to power plants, that could speed up forest restoration.

Salt River Project

Two students at Northern Arizona University have developed a first-of-its-kind methodology for calculating the carbon stored in forests. They want to use it to generate funds for restoration.

Salt River Project

Arizona’s first attempt to generate electricity with a mix of biomass and coal will take place later this year, using debris from forest thinning projects in northern Arizona.

Grand Canyon Trust

A Grand Canyon conservation group has released the first ever climate change plan for the region. It prioritizes concerns such increasing risk of drought and wildfire .

Coconino National Forest

Fire crews with the Coconino National Forest had a busy Memorial Day Weekend as they responded to 143 abandoned campfires. They also worked to extinguish other small human-caused blazes. “Our fire prevention folks were out in full force, full staff over Memorial Day Weekend,” says Coconino National Forest spokesman George Jozens. “All I know is when people are coming to visit the forest, they really need to be responsible with their campfires.” Jozens says one out-of-control campfire turned...

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