forest restoration

Polly Haessig/USFS Coconino National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has finalized a plan to thin trees on 64 thousand acres above the Mogollon Rim to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. One environmental group has criticized the plan for not protecting large old growth pines. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Deborah Lee Soltesz/USFS Coconino National Fores

A newly authorized project calls for forest thinning and prescribed fires to protect watersheds that feed a reservoir serving the city of Payson in east-central Arizona.

Coconino National Forest

Wildfire seasons in the West are growing longer and more intense. So more prescribed burns are happening to protect forest towns in places like northern Arizona. That can be hard on the health of residents and firefighters. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, not much is known about the long-term effects of breathing forest fire smoke.

The Nature Conservancy

Wildfires have been growing bigger and more catastrophic in recent decades. In Arizona, the record for the largest wildfire has been broken twice in the past 16-years with the Rodeo-Chediski and Wallow Fires. A film screening tonight in Flagstaff explores the wide-ranging impacts and potential solutions to these mega fires. Kristin Atwell produced and wrote the film, “Fire and Water: Restoring Arizona’s Forests.” She spoke with KNAU’s Aaron Granillo.


Dyan Bone/U.S. Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Kaibab National Forest

A new study from Northern Arizona University outlines the economic impact in the case of a catastrophic wildfire on Bill Williams Mountain. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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