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NAU official: Forest management reduces wildfire damage

A Northern Arizona University official told a U.S. Senate committee Tuesday that the government needs to be more aggressive about managing forest growth and reducing fuels that feed uncontrolled wildfires.... Read more»

Az bill puts brakes on off-roading enforcement in national forests

Under a state law that took effect in 2009, an Arizona Game and Fish Department officer enforcing hunting laws on federal land is supposed to stop someone from riding an off-highway vehicle in an area closed to OHV use.... Read more»

Hold your fire

Target shooting restricted on federal lands over wildfire fears

Target shooters on Arizona public lands are being asked to hold their fire during the current dry weather because of fears they could spark wildfires. Officials restricted the use of firearms after gunfire was blamed for igniting several fires in western states.... Read more»2

Commentary

The jobs case for conservation

Most Americans know our public lands as the places we go to get away from it all and enjoy ourselves in the outdoors. Conservation, however, also has enormous economic value, supporting a specific economy in recreation, restoration, and renewable energy development, all of which support numerous jobs.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Dog days for Arizona

If all I knew was, as Will Rogers said, what I read in the papers, I'd be pretty depressed. This is ironic considering in Arizona their mission is to most of the time be the cheerleaders for the Everything's Fine! propaganda ministry.... Read more»

Feds unveil national forest planning rules

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs.... Read more»

Lawmaker: In face of fires, control of forests should be local

Facing devastating wildfires and inaction by the federal government, Arizona should declare its sovereignty and take control of its national forests, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»