Drones as a Tool for Modeling Wildfire Risk:Measuring the effectiveness of forest fuel reduction treatment in Flagstaff, AZ Poster

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According to the FWPP Monitoring Plan (2014), voters would like project monitoring to evaluate the following question: “Did the investment effectively reduce the risk of catastrophic fire?” This research aims to help answer the voter question using innovative remote sensing techniques via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to measure changes in forest structure from forest fuel reduction treatment. The forest structure measurements will be used to model pre- and post-treatment crown fire potential and evaluate the fuel reduction treatment effects on potential fire behavior. For full poster see: P_Shinn_thesis_poster

The bids are in; timber harvest planned for spring in FWPP

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The bids are in; timber harvest planned for spring in FWPP  

Aug. 25, 2016
The US Forest Service and City of Flagstaff are pleased to provide an update on the progression of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project; a contractor has provided a bid to conduct tree thinning operations on 642 acres of National Forest along Schultz Creek and the base of Mt. Elden. For full press release, click here: coc-nr-08-26-2016-intrim-timber-for-fwpp

Best Management Practices Used to Minimize Impacts to Soils, Water Resources and Trails

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Ground-based thinning activities using mechanized equipment require the use of existing forest roads and the construction of new temporary roads to facilitate access to timber stands. In addition, whole-tree skidding of harvested trees requires a network of skid trails ending at landings where trees are delimbed and loaded onto trucks for transport to processing sites (mills, bioenergy facilities, etc.). These activities cause various types of disturbance to soils and ground cover that are mitigated through use of best management practices, known as “BMPs.” Fore more see: Best Management Practices_Final

Harvesting Methods Open House & Firewise Landscaping Contest – Two Exciting Upcoming Events –

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The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) is pleased to announce an exciting free public event: Harvesting Methods & Wildfire Preparedness Open House on May 7th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Aquaplex in Flagstaff. As the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts increase throughout the area, this is an opportunity for the community to experience and learn about the various harvesting methods and the measures taken by professionals to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in our forests. Residents will also have the opportunity to gain valuable insight on how to protect their homes, property, and family from wildfire. Various agencies and organization will be available to discuss upcoming forest treatment operations, Firewise principles, and answer questions. Exhibits include: photo opportunities with lumberjacks, firemen, equipment/trucks; timber sports, forest treatment operations’ videos, a kid’s corner, and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Fire Adapted Community Learning Network and is held in conjunction with the National Community Wildfire Preparedness Day. For more info. see: May7OpenHouseFlyerFinal

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership and the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network are hosting a Firewise Landscaping Contest! The contest recognizes homeowners’ efforts in creating a Firewise home in their community, while also demonstrating that Firewise landscaping can be beautiful as well. For more info. see: FLC Flyer 1_Final