Due to current and ongoing mechanical forest thinning operations, trail and area closures are in effect. Please be on the lookout for the posted area closures signs, which will indicate specific trail and area closure boundaries. For your safety and the safety of our contractors, please do not enter any closed areas or trails, and do not approach heavy equipment in the area. Please see the “FWPP Area Closure Order” as well as the “FWPP Area Closure Map” for more information.
FLAGSTAFF, AZ – The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is celebrating its 5-year anniversary with a special community event at Mother Road Brewing Co. on Fri, Oct. 13. Since great-tasting beer starts with clean water, there is reason to celebrate a project that reduces fire risk to area watersheds.
The FWPP was approved by city voters through a $10 million bond initiative in November 2012. The project is a partnership effort between city of Flagstaff, the Coconino National Forest, and the state of Arizona to help reduce the risk of severe wildfire and post-fire flooding in critical watersheds.
“FWPP at its core is a community project,” said Mike Elson, Flagstaff district ranger for the Coconino National Forest. “It’s a truly collaborative community approach to a challenge we are all facing together. That’s why we have reason to celebrate, and it’s why we are seen as a model for so many other communities to consider as well.”
The project has achieved significant progress delivering on the initiative’s agenda that was presented to voters in the 2012 general election. An environmental analysis of more than 15,000 acres was completed and approved in the first three years—a triumph for a project of its complexity and size. Over the past five years, crews and contractors have mobilized to implement fuels reduction treatments on nearly 5,000 acres throughout the project footprint, including Observatory Mesa, state lands within the City and on federal land in the Dry Lake Hills area.
“FWPP has put the city of Flagstaff in a national leadership role in demonstrating how local government, in partnership with state and federal agencies, can effectively address wildfire hazard and the protection of critical watersheds,” said Paul Summerfelt, wildland fire management officer for the city of Flagstaff. “This is the first, and only, voter-approved project of its kind in the country, and the citizens of Flagstaff deserve all the credit for making this happen.”
To celebrate the project’s 5-year milestone, Mother Road Brewery created a special batch of “FWPP watershed beer” and will tap it at the anniversary event. This is a special partnership between a local business that uses water for its products and an initiative aimed at preserving critical watersheds and the community’s water supply.
The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership invites the public to join members of the FWPP in celebrating the project’s progress and success at Mother Road Brewing Co., 7 S. Mikes Pike, from 6–7 p.m. on Fri, Oct. 13. For more information about FWPP, visit http://www.flagstaffwatershedprotection.org.
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s Biannual Report summarizes accomplishments in Implementation, Outreach, Monitoring, FWPP In the News and Financial Leverage from Jan.-June 2017. For full report see: Biannual Rpt – Jan-June_17_Final
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. The contest is open to residents of the Greater Flagstaff Area, including city and county residents. A total of $1000 in prizes will be awarded to top contestants. Deadline for entry is Friday May, 12th and judging will begin Monday May, 15th. Prizes will be presented at an awards luncheon on May 23rd at the 1899 Bar & Grill on NAU’s campus.
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The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) and its many partners are presenting a Harvesting Methods and Wildfire Preparedness Open House on Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the Aquaplex in Flagstaff.
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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 timber harvesting methods that will occur on projects, like the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project and the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, and the measures taken by professionals to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in our forests.
Forestry and fire staff from the Forest Service, City, State and many other partners will be on-hand to discuss current and planned thinning operations. Community members will have photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and NAU’s Louie the Lumberjack, real woods loggers and fire fighters, as well as getting close and personal with logging equipment and fire trucks.
Residents will also have the opportunity to gain valuable insight on how to protect their homes, property, and family from wildfire. Other exhibits include: NAU Timber Sports demonstrations, forest treatment operations videos, a kid’s corner, and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and is held in conjunction with the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
Forests in northern Arizona have a problem: massive piles of wood chips left behind from thinning projects. They can’t stay in the forest because of the fire danger and there’s no local market for them. But they have to go somewhere. A new experiment is testing the idea of burning them along with coal to generate electricity. For full article, click here: http://knau.org/post/az-coal-plant-experiments-burning-wood-forest-restoration#stream/0
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s Biannual Report summarizes accomplishments in Implementation, Outreach, Monitoring, FWPP In the News and Financial Leverage from July .-Dec. 2016. For full report see: Biannual Rpt – July-Dec_16_Final
Up on Observatory Mesa, nestled above downtown Flagstaff in the Rio de Flag Watershed, Matt Millar monitors the progress of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s forest thinning operations. For full story click here
A 10 million dollar bond will fund an innovative plan to protect the Coconino forest and the city of Flagstaff. The “Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project” seeks to dramatically reduce risk of catastrophic fire danger. Operation specialist Matt Millar gives an insight look at the advanced technology being utilized on the project. For video click title above or here: