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Salt River wild horses grazing. The horses feed on eelgrass that thrives in the riverbed.

Led by the Center for Biological Diversity, a group of conservationists sued the U.S. Forest Service on Thursday to protect a region of the Tonto National Forest from “hundreds of unowned horses” they say threaten endangered species in the area. Read more»

Under the new plan, grazing was first allowed in the area in 2021. Smith said the Forest Service didn't receive any complaints from homeowners about livestock on their land.

A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday encouraged a community advocate group for Arizona’s Mogollon Rim to seek mediation with the U.S. Forest Service over expanded grazing allotment into a specific portion of the Tonto National Forest known as Bar X. Read more»

A wild horse eats eelgrass from the Salt River northeast of Mesa.

The banks of the Salt River are home to about 440 wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, and they depend on the river for food and water - now, advocates again are worried the Salt River Project is jeopardizing that food source by reducing releases from Saguaro Lake. Read more»

Demonstrators gather outside of the Phoenix offices of Sen. Mark Kelly to urge him to support the Save Oak Flat Act, which would protect the sacred site from being destroyed by a copper mine.

Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and students from Brophy and Xavier high schools protested outside Sen. Mark Kelly’s office Thursday, urging the Arizona Democrat to support legislation protecting a sacred site threatened by a proposed copper mine near Superior. Read more»

Resolution Copper East Plant.

As Arizona enters what is likely to be its third decade of unprecedented drought, the proposed Resolution Copper mine just east of Superior at the site of Oak Flat will use 250 billion gallons of water, according to a water study released by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Read more»

Oak Flat in 2020.

Congress now has a historic opportunity to protect American Indian cultural and religious resources and prevent destructive economic development by enacting the Save Oak Flat Act, which is currently included in the House version of the pending budget reconciliation legislation. Read more»

The Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, aims to protect Apache-Sitgreaves, Kaibab, Coconino and Tonto national forests, in part by thinning the trees there to reduce the risk of wildfire. The Forest Service has dropped plans, for now, to award a 20-year contract for 4FRI.

Arizona lawmakers and advocates said they were “blindsided” by the U.S. Forest Service’s abrupt announcement this week that it would halt negotiations on a proposed extension of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. Read more»

Apache Stronghold activists marched in Phoenix in oppositino to the Resolution Copper mine at Oak Flat, before holding a vigil ahead of a U.S. District Court hearing on their case. The judge in that case rejected their request for a preliminary injunction Friday.

U.S. District Judge Steven Logan rejected a request by the group Apache Stronghold for a preliminary injunction against the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, saying the group did not have standing to challenge the project and questioning the merits and likelihood of success of the claim. Read more»

Activists with the group Apache Stronghold regroup at a downtown Phoenix intersection Tuesday on their way to a vigil at the federal courthouse. The group is protesting the government’s OK of an environmental review that clears the way for a proposed copper mine in Oak Flat.

Members of the group Apache Stronghold told a federal district judge Wednesday that the federal government violated their due process rights by rushing through the final approval last month, just days before President Donald Trump left office. They also claim the mine would violate their constitutional right to worship. 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»

The Bush Fire near Punkin Center, which has burned more than 89,000 acres, is fueled by dry conditions, winds and triple-digit heat.

Nearly 1,500 people living west of Roosevelt Lake have been forced to evacuate because of the fast burning Bush Fire, which now is the largest in the country at 89,059 acres. Read more»

Advocates for wild horses clash with Tonto National Forest officials over new fencing project along the Salt River. Read more»

Kenneth Jacobson, who’s the bald eagle management coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, trains a telescope on a bald eagle nest. He says there’s been 'significant growth' in Arizona’s bald eagle population since 1978 when there were only 11 breeding pairs in the state.

Across Arizona, humans are keeping a sharp eye on bald eagle nests that are close to areas with high recreational traffic. Read more»

The Verde River, which flows more than 170 miles, starts in north-central Arizona and winds down into the Phoenix area, where it empties into the Salt River.

The Verde River, which stretches more than 170 miles through Arizona, was rated a C+ this month in the first Verde Watershed Report Card. Read more»

Reported on Sunday afternoon, the Woodbury Fire is about 5 miles northwest of Superior near the Superstition Wilderness. The fire is noted as 'human caused.'

Fire experts say the high temperatures, combined with an increasing amount of brush drying up from the abnormally wet winter, the fire danger is high – particularly in southern Arizona, where the threat is above-average. Read more»

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