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Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... Read more»

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Flagstaff wildfire prevention named among ‘best in class’ for nation

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes.... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Plan your picnic elsewhere: Bears close Parker Canyon Lake

Several black bears spotted near a Southern Arizona lake have prompted the closure of the recreational area, authorities said. Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will remain closed until the bears are trapped and relocated.... Read more»

Borderland wildfire near Nogales now 80% contained

A wildfire burning along the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales has consumed about 4,900 acres, but did not spread much this weekend despite the wind and dry conditions, said officials with the Coronado National Forest.... Read more»

U.S. land managers reject development near Grand Canyon

U.S. land managers on Friday rejected a plan that could have opened the way for housing and commercial expansion near the Grand Canyon’s celebrated South Rim, a surprise decision that was decried by developers but praised by environmental groups. ... Read more»

Native American petroglyph vandalized at Catalina State Park

Last month, a boulder bearing a Native American petroglyph was rolled over and vegetation destroyed at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. Federal authorities are investigating.... Read more»2

Looking to space technology to save firefighters here on earth

Spurred on by firefighter deaths in the 2013 Yarnell Hill blaze, a team at NASA is working to use spacecraft heat-shield technology for fire shelters. ... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 43 years in assault on Forest Service officer

An Agua Prieta man will serve 43 years in a U.S. federal prison for attacking a U.S. Forest Service officer near Douglas last August, a judge ordered Monday.... Read more»

At Fossil Creek, reservations may be required

Overwhelming crowds have caused Forest Rangers to enact an online reservation system to mitigate the safety hazards and environmental impact of heavy visitation at Fossil Creek.... Read more»

Stopgap budget has $700M to replenish funds shifted to fight wildfires

When Congress passed the short-term budget that headed off a government shutdown Wednesday, it included $700 million to replenish U.S. Forest Service accounts that had been raided in recent months to fight wildfires. But critics say firefighting is chronically underfunded.... Read more»

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Colorado spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Native American tribes and two county governments in Arizona petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.... Read more»

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.... Read more»

Fighting fire with fire: Prescribed burns take aim at wildfire threats

As bureaucrats in Washington were complaining about growing costs of wildfires Wednesday, forest officials in Arizona were lighting a forest fire – but the two groups are working toward the same goal. The “prescribed burn” that was set in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest was put out Wednesday evening after burning 73 acres of scrub.... Read more»

Forest Service says wildfire growth threatens to consume agency budget

Costs to battle wildfires will consume almost all of the U.S. Forest Service budget in 10 years unless Congress changes the way firefighting efforts are funded, the agency warned Wednesday.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Kirkpatrick: Resilient forests, resilient communities

U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick: Arizonans are all too familiar with the consequences of unhealthy and poorly managed forests. Wildfires not only lead to devastating economic losses, they can take a tragic human toll. It's clear that forest health should be a priority in Arizona. But it also needs to be a priority in Congress.... Read more»

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