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.
For a flyer, click here: HarvestingMethodsOpenHouseFlyer2017
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:
The intent for both walks was to offer an opportunity for local residents to learn more about the FWPP on the ground as activity ramps up on the national forest. For full article, click above or here: FWPP-RangerWalks_Final
If on home page, click on title above for full story.
On Monday (July 18th) the contractor will begin construction of a temporary logging road near the base of Mt. Elden. The temporary logging road will use a short segment of the Arizona Trail (which connects Rocky Ridge and Lower Oldham Trail). Please see map FWPP_Phase1_TempRd#2_07152016. We will post signs/barricades (see photo on right) on both ends of this trail to inform hikers/bikers about the road work. Also, the temporary logging road will be within the natural gas pipeline corridor – which includes a couple of segments of the Pipeline Trail, but it shouldn’t warrant closing those trail segments.
The contractor started construction of the temporary logging road at the Schultz Creek Trailhead (i.e. utilizing approx. ½ mile of the Schultz Creek Trail – which if unaware was an old logging road from year’s past). The contractor will finish up the road work near Schultz Creek Trailhead on Monday, July 18 and at that time we will re-open that segment of Schultz Creek Trail as well as Rocky Ridge Trail.
- Temporary logging road construction near Schultz Creek Trailhead will be completed on Monday, July 18.
- Schultz Creek Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail will reopen on Monday, July 18.
- Temporary logging road construction will begin near the base of Mt. Elden on Monday, July 18.
- We will post No Public Access signs on both ends of the Arizona Trail affected by this closure.
- It is difficult to determine how long the temporary logging road construction will take in this area, but given the timeline of the work they did near Schultz Creek Trailhead, estimate 10-12 days.
- Logging operations for FWPP Phase 1 can begin as early as the middle of August – but we will keep you apprised of the actual starting date when that becomes available.
For the Rocky Ridge & Schultz Creek Trail Re-route Map (7-8-16) click on title above or here: FWPP_Phase1_Trail_TempRdConst_ReRoutes.
As part of ongoing efforts of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP), contractors will begin improving and building temporary logging roads within the project area starting as early as this week. For more info click on title above or here: COC-NR-07-07-2016-LoggingRoadConstruction.