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Wildfire-prevention program back on track in Arizona after months of delay

The popular 4FRI forest maintenance program is back on track after a two-month pause to sort out challenges with a more focused, “more realistic approach” that appears to have government, industry and environmental officials in rare agreement.... Read more»

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Letting tropical forests regrow naturally an effective and low-cost way to slow climate change

Tropical forests are among the best tools for fighting climate change and the loss of wild species - and research shows they recover surprisingly quickly: Tropical forests can regrow on abandoned lands and recover many of their old-growth features in as little as 10 to 20 years. ... Read more»

Forest Service plans to cull Arizona wild horse herd

Later this year, the U.S. Forest Service will finalize a management plan for a herd of horses near the Heber Wild Horse Territory - which touches six cattle grazing allotments in Black Canyon - and though the public comment period ended last year, the community is still split.... Read more»

A mega-dairy is transforming Arizona’s aquifer and farming lifestyles

Smaller dairy farmers nationwide have weathered years of milk prices below the cost of production, and now they face a new adversary: concentrated animal feeding operations - CAFOs - whose groundwater pumping is seen by many as the primary cause of their drying wells.... Read more»

A reality check on Biden’s '30 by 30' conservation plan

President Joe Biden's plan to protect 30% of U.S. land and water, over 720 million acres, by 2030 - what’s become known as the “30 by 30 plan” - has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out. ... Read more»

Spurred by Grijalva, federal watchdog to review Trump's border wall construction

At the urging of U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the GAO is launching a review the impact of border wall construction under the Trump administration. DHS "blatantly abused its sweeping and potentially unconstitutional authority" to waive environmental laws, he said. ... Read more»

Potential jaguar habitat at U.S.-Mexico border identified by UA researchers

When Ganesh Marin was studying ecosystems along the border U.S.-Mexico this year, the University of Arizona Ph.D. student wasn’t expecting to see a young jaguar sauntering in his video feed in mid-March. ... Read more»

Jaguars no longer have protected land in New Mexico

After a years-long battle to protect the designation of stretches of the southwest as a protected habitat for the jaguar, a federal judge has ruled that the New Mexico land should no longer be protected for the largest New World cat.... Read more»

San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of 2 lawsuits

The San Pedro rivers is the subject of lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups. Cronkite News looks at the health of the San Pedro, one of the few undammed rivers in the Southwest.... Read more»

Cattle damage to Arizona’s Verde River spurs legal action

It’s a tale of two rivers: The Verde, which flows south from near Flagstaff to metro Phoenix, and the San Pedro, which begins in Mexico and flows north to Winkelman.... Read more»

Arizona ranchers blindsided by Trump’s border wall

Southern Arizona ranchers built a coalition to protect open space. Now, they’re up against the country’s largest construction project — the wall along the Mexican border.... Read more»

Enviros, ranchers trade barbs in killing of Mexican gray wolf

Environmentalists and ranchers are pointing fingers after government agents killed an endangered Mexican gray wolf last month for preying on cattle, the first wolf killed for depredation in 10 years.... Read more»

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

Feds add Az hearing on proposed changes to Mexican gray wolf plan

Following a request from U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain, federal officials have added a public hearing in Arizona on proposed changes to the management of endangered Mexican gray wolves.... Read more»

After federal change, border cattle industry struggles

The remote town of Ojinaga on the Texas-Mexico border used to enjoy the distinction of being one of the busiest ports for importing Mexican cattle into the U.S. But citing concerns about escalating drug violence in Mexico, the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year moved its cattle inspectors across the Rio Grande into Texas — a decision residents on both sides of the border say has crippled the local livestock industry. ... Read more»

Leader of Utah sovereignty effort makes case in Arizona

The Utah lawmaker who authored a law calling for the federal government to relinquish authority over public lands said Thursday that devastating wildfires are one reason for Arizona to follow suit.... Read more»

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