Forest Service

Ryan Heinsius

A new phase of mechanical tree thinning launched this week on the Coconino National Forest. It’s part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project to help prevent catastrophic wildfire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, crews are constructing almost four miles of logging roads. 


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.


The U.S. Forest Service has discovered a new, small wildfire burning in Kaibab National Forest.

The Bert Fire has grown to about 50 acres and is located about 10 miles southeast of the community of Valle in Coconino County.

Forestry officials discovered the fire on Sunday and are managing it to reduce the accumulation of dry debris that can cause a more severe fire.

Officials say allowing the fire to burn will also improve wildlife habitat and the overall health of the forest. It's primarily burning in pinion and juniper woodland. Lightning ignited the fire.

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.


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