The Flagstaff area has long been a national leader in forest research and management. As home of the nation’s oldest research forest, the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff have been extensively studied and have become home to numerous innovative forest management and restoration activities. Our forests are integral to life in northern Arizona, and it is no surprise that area residents are keenly aware of and informed about the benefits healthy forests provide and the potentially devastating impacts that can result from unhealthy conditions. Citizen support for healthy forests has Flagstaff in the national spotlight once again with the November 2012 voter approved $10 million bond to support accelerated forest health treatments within two key watersheds on the Coconino National Forest and Arizona State Trust lands.
AZ Republic Op Ed 3-18-13Flagstaff voters overwhelmingly approved in November a bond question for the Forest Health and Water Supply Protection Project. Not your typical municipal bond, this initiative authorizes Flagstaff to issue $10 million in bonds to support restoration projects on U.S. Forest Service and sate lands just outside Flagstaff city limits.
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