Forest Service

Melissa Sevigny

A decade ago a dam came down at Fossil Creek, a tiny desert river tucked into the wilderness between Strawberry and Camp Verde. The decommissioning restored water to the creek’s rare travertine pools, but it also created a new problem: a flood of visitors. Now the U.S. Forest Service is working on a plan to save the creek from being loved to death. 

On contemporary maps, tribal peoples in the U.S. are closely identified with particular reservation lands. But long-standing ties to land connect Native tribes with a much broader network of places.


Chris Parish

A federal court ruled yesterday a lawsuit over lead ammunition on the Kaibab National Forest will be allowed to continue.

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Ski resorts on national forest land now will have to prove they have sufficient water supplies, due to a U.S. Forest Service regulation.


Melissa Sevigny

Chemical deicer is commonly used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, and it makes travel safer. But it also kills ponderosa pines. The City of Flagstaff found that out when they experimented with deicer a few years ago. From the Arizona Science Desk, Melissa Sevigny reports on the tradeoff between public safety and environmental health . . . a tradeoff few cities in the nation have to make.


Melissa Sevigny

Almost 10,000 Christmas tree permits have been issued this season on national forest lands in northern Arizona. Getting into the holiday spirit can also help restore health to overstocked forests.


The Forest Service says permits for cutting Christmas trees on national forests in Arizona are dwindling.

According to a Forest Service announcement Monday, only the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and parts of the Coronado and Kaibab forests still have cutting permits available.

The agency says permits are available in all five ranger districts of the Apache-Sitgreaves forests in eastern Arizona.

Melissa Sevigny

The U.S. Forest Service signed a decision yesterday to begin restoration work on 15,000 acres of forest near the City of Williams.

Deborah Lee Soltesz/Coconino National Forest/USFS

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have called on the U.S. Forest Service to increase the scale and speed of large forest-thinning projects in the state. They say more work is needed to protect the forests from catastrophic wildfire. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Melissa Sevigny

Nuclear power has gained more attention as a clean energy source. The raw material needed to make that power is uranium; and the highest-grade uranium deposits in the nation are near the Grand Canyon. The federal government has halted new uranium mining in the region, but old mines can still reopen.

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