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Tracy Stone-Manning testifying before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Tracy Stone-Manning and a former federal investigator during the past few days shared widely varying accounts of her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking in an Idaho national forest, as the fight over the Montanan’s nomination to lead the U.S. Bureau of Land Management escalated. Read more»

Bureau of Indian Affairs forester technician Butch Gregg, in 2011 file photo, lights wood piles as part of forest-management on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Such thinning efforts helped stop the Wallow fire at the reservation’s boundary.

Arizona lawmakers invoked the memory of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters at a congressional hearing Thursday where they urged bureaucrats to improve forest management to prevent such fires in the future. Read more»

The slow economy has taken a toll on lumber yards such as Woodlife Pine Inc., a Prescott business run by Joe Agosta. A dropoff in home construction is the biggest factor, industry leaders say.

In 2005, demand for mantlepieces, timbers and decorative wood braces had Joe Agosta's wood mill turning away business. Now a staff of eight has shrunk to three. Across Arizona, anyone working in the wood business, from small mills like Agosta's to larger lumberyards, has seen business drop because of the housing market collapse. Read more»