Kaibab National Forest

U.S. Forest Service

Officials with the Kaibab National Forest have proposed a project that would restore more than half a million acres of grassland. As Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, it's designed to enhance habitat health and to guard against wildfire.


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.


A plan to widen hundreds of miles of camping corridors south of the Grand Canyon is drawing opposition from conservationists.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Kaibab National Forest officials say popular corridors to the canyon's South Rim will be expanded from 30 feet to 300 feet over the next three years.

The limit is 300 feet in several other forests in Arizona.

The proposal means opening access to an additional 21,000 acres for off-road camping as well as 24 miles of official road within two forest districts.

Fire restrictions begin Wednesday at four national forests around Arizona.

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed under the restrictions only in developed campgrounds managed by concessionaires or have campground hosts.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

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.

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