forestry

Courtesy of Rich Hofstetter

Warming temperatures and drought are increasing bark beetle outbreaks worldwide, killing off thousands of miles of forests. The problem is so dire in Russia that foresters have enlisted the help of Flagstaff entomologist and bark beetle expert Rich Hofstetter.


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A massive alligator juniper tree near Prescott is believed to be the largest and oldest of its kind in the world. It’s survived hundreds, possibly thousands of years of fire and drought. Forester Ben De Blois says the tree’s unique growth pattern makes it hard to tell just how old.


Earth Notes: Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Dec 13, 2017
Michael Menefee

Nearly everyone who lives on the Colorado Plateau is familiar with the extensive pinyon-juniper woodlands. The stunted trees look tough and unbreakable, but the PJ community is fragile and slow to recover when disturbed. 


Eagar Fire Department

Authorities say rain has helped firefighters quickly gain control over a wildfire burning in eastern Arizona.