FWPP Phase 1 Update

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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.

Got Water? Thank (And Save) A Forest

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“When the well’s dry,” Benjamin Franklin once said, “we know the worth of water.” Today, our freshwater supplies face serious threats — including drought, wildfire, and other impacts of a warming climate. -Excerpt from article

Read this compelling article published by Water Online which is co-written by Maggie Hart Stebbins (Bernillo County Commissioner), and Paul Summerfelt (Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Manager). Water Online is a “leading source of technical information and thought leadership for the drinking water and wastewater treatment community”.

Read the full article here: http://www.wateronline.com/doc/got-water-thank-and-save-a-forest-0001

FWPP at the Western Working Lands Forum

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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:

Tree thinning, drying rates, and insects!

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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

2018 FWPP Project Update

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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!

Full report:

FWPP Status Update CCR – Update 02082018

FWPP partners with local and national organizations for a successful collaboration!

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During the summer and fall of 2017, the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project was able to participate in a new collaborative project to help implement our watershed protection work! In partnership with the National Forest Foundation (NFF), American Conservation Experience (ACE), and the Coconino National Forest, we were able to complete an additional 115 acres of hand thinning across the FWPP project area.

Through this collaborative, ACE was able to hire, train, and deploy 8 young and emerging conservationist to implement the work. The ACE crew used chainsaws to cut, limb, and pile small diameter “ladder fuel” trees from the forest to help reduce the risk of high severity wildfire in the lower Dry Lake Hills area along the Rocky Ridge trail.

Please take a few minutes to learn about how ACE contributed to the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project and hear their unique stories in this mini documentary that they created for our collaborative project.