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Orange slashes mark trees that will be spared the chainsaw on A-1 Mountain in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff on April 6, 2022.

A 20-plus year drought – coupled with decades of fire-suppression policies and relentlessly rising temperatures – are behind much of the change in Arizona's forests, calling into question how forest health can be restored. Read more»

Enchantment Resort, near the base of Boynton Canyon in Sedona, a place of immense spiritual significance to Yavapai-Apache Nation tribal members.

Sedona's Enchantment Resort sits at the mouth of Boynton Canyon - a place sacred to the Yavapai-Apache people - effectively making the resort the gatekeeper to Indigenous lands, but it has recently been tone-deaf when it comes to their relationship with Native people. Read more»

Workers at the Novo Power Plant in Snow Flake, Arizona, convert thinned trees into biomass.

A massive forest management project in Arizona has been hampered for a decade because there's not enough of a market for the small trees and brush that must be cleared to reduce fire risk. Read more»

Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff plans to replace a lift built in the 1960s with one it says will be among the largest in North America.

Arizona Snowbowl will replace an aging chairlift in need of repair with a much faster one, opening next season as part of a multimillion dollar, multiyear expansion, resort officials said Thursday. Read more»

Pilot Chris Mariano (left, with aviation manager Gary Baumgartner) lands a Matrice 600 drone near the Woodbury Fire in June.

Drones have become a lifesaving tool for fighting wildfires – The whir of aerial drones provided a distinct soundtrack to the month it took to contain the Woodbury Fire, which ranks as the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona history. Read more»

Diane Vosick of Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute testified that there is enough scientific evidence to prove that forest restoration is beneficial and necessary.

The science is in and the time to act on forest management is now if the government wants to avoid more catastrophic wildfires, a panel of wildfire experts told a House committee Thursday. Read more»

A mature grove of aspens is protected by jackstrawing, a process in which pine trees are cut down and used to create a natural wall to repel elk.

In recent decades, the number of aspens in Arizona’s higher elevations has declined sharply. A 2001 study by the U.S. Forest Service said that Arizona has seen a 96 percent decline in aspen acreage since 1900, the largest by far among states with significant aspen populations. Read more»

The Arizona Game and Fish Department contends that a U.S. Forest Service regulation applying to trailers in northern Arizona national forests is unfair to hunters.

Arizona officials are slamming the U.S. Forest Service over a regulation making trailers subject to impoundment or citation if left unattended for more than 72 hours in northern Arizona national forests. Read more»

A sign urges visitors to fully extinguish campfires in the Coconino National Forest.

As the 35-acre Fisher Point fire burned in a canyon just a few miles south of his office, Coconino National Forest fire information officer Dick Fleishman said he anticipates an average fire season. Read more»

Officials say feuding between federal agencies has delayed maintenance on the pipeline that feeds water from the C.C. Cragin Dam and reservoir to the town of Payson, leading to problems like this 2007 break in the pipeline.

The Senate has passed and sent to the president a bill that should end years of confusion over which federal agency has jurisdiction over the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir in Coconino County. Read more»