Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney discusses wildfire threats in Arizona, and what communities and land managers are doing to address the threat. In the interview with Carpe Diem West, Mr Whitney highlights several projects across Arizona, including the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project!
“Flagstaff’s decision to tax itself is a great example of what we must all do to protect our communities-take responsibility for the health of our forests and watersheds. Whether or not communities decide to tax themselves it will take similar initiative to get the job done. It’s something that we all have to decide is important.”
Read the full interview here:
Getting Ready: Catastrophic Wildfire in the American West ~ An Interview with Jeff Whitney
The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) made marked progress last week after a Phoenix-based logging company successfully bid to take over a timber sale contract of 642 acres that had not been completed by a prior contractor in the area of Schultz Creek along the base of Mount Elden.
Dakota Logging LLC, the high bidder, has one year to complete the work, which will involve closure of areas and trails in the immediate logging area as work progresses. See the official press release from the Coconino National Forest: COC-NR-5-8-18-TimberBid
The FWPP Phase 1 mechanical thinning contract was again advertised for rebid during a 30 day period from March 31st to April 30th, 2018. Sealed bids were opened in public at the Coconino National Forest Office at 10 a.m. local time on May 1st, 2018.
Bids for the second offering of the FWPP Phase 1 timber sale were received, and the Forest Service is in the process of awarding the Phase 1 contract to the apparent high bidder.
For more details, please read our update: FWPP Mechanical Phase 1 Update 5_3
The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project has updated its Monitoring Report this spring, 2018. The Monitoring Report was developed by FWPP staff, FWPP partner groups, subject matter experts, and input from Flagstaff stakeholder groups. The Report is organized around four frameworks that identify important aspects of the project to be monitored as implementation occurs. The frameworks are;
- Fire Behavior
- Hydrologic Response
- Other Ongoing/Potential Monitoring Projects
The updated Monitoring Report is designed to assess the FWPP monitoring capacity and to track what has been addressed, what is currently being monitored, and where monitoring gaps exist.
Read the full document here: FWPP Monitoring Report update 2018
On March 31st, 2018 the US Forest Service reoffered the FWPP Phase 1 (Elden Base) Timber Sale Contract. This 642-acre area is at the base of Mt Elden: it was previously sold but ended with little work completed this past December. The Coconino National Forest will open bids on May 1st, 2018. The sale period is for up to one year.
For further information on this sale, please contact the Flagstaff Ranger District, 5075 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, (928)-527-3600, or the Coconino National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 1827 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ 86001, (928) 527-3600.
A representative from the Flagstaff Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, presented on the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) at a conference hosted by the Western Governors’ Association. District Ranger Mike Elson introduced the project and discussed how strong collaborative partnerships between local, state, and federal entities have been important for the ongoing success of FWPP.
See the video here:
One of the most costly aspects of thinning around the Flagstaff area is the cost to transport the wood material. One idea is to allow cut trees to remain in the forest, giving them time to dry. As they lose moisture, they will also become less heavy which may present an opportunity to reduce the cost of transportation. See a preliminary report from an NAU School of Forestry graduate student exploring this question: Bundles Beetles – All sites complete report for Spring Summer and Fall 2017
City and FWPP project leadership have produced and released a project update on the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project. The update highlights the work we have done since the start of the project five years ago. Updates includes how much work has occurred and where, how much of the voter approved bond has been used to support the ongoing project, and how much outside, leverage funding has been brought into the project with the help of all our partners.
The project has come a long way since the beginning, and the City team is still working hard as the project continues to be implemented. Take a look at the report!
FWPP Status Update CCR – Update 02082018
For the latest update regarding the progress and status of current FWPP operations, please read the following press release: FWPP Release- February 2018