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Ryan Heinsius

A new bill in the U.S. Senate aims to speed up forest treatment projects on hundreds of thousands of acres of federal land in Arizona. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


Matt Pace/Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest crews are working to manage a lightning-caused wildfire near Clints Well that started last week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they were forced to halt aerial firefighting operations after spotting a drone flying in a restricted area. 


Coconino National Forest

Crews on the Coconino National Forest have contained about half of the 8,600-acre Maroon Fire northeast of Flagstaff. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, firefighters have had to carefully work around a World War II artillery range where unexploded munitions could be buried.


USFS

This time last year, officials across the state were on high alert for fire danger following one of the driest winters on record in the Southwest. Now, fire managers in northern Arizona are cautiously optimistic after months of precipitation and a healthy high-elevation snowpack. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Coconino National Forest Deputy Fire Staff Officer James Pettit about what officials are anticipating as the region enters what’s typically the driest and warmest months.


USDA Forest Service photograph

Ten miles north of Flagstaff is the oldest experimental forest in the United States. It was established more than 100 years ago at a time when foresters wanted to know how to encourage ponderosa pines to grow. Now, scientists use Fort Valley to study the opposite problem: how to thin the overcrowded woods. It took decades of research to bring about that shift in thinking. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, it all started with one man and two mules.

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