Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Thinning Pays Off in Arizona

Source: AZ Central & The Arizona Republic. Photo by David Kadlubowski
University of Arizona Agriculture Professor Shane Burgess says removing dead wood, dry brush and grasses will save lives, prevent millions of dollars in damages and boost biodiversity by withholding the fuel from wildfires. 

He cites the Natural Resource Working Group - a collaborative of federal, state and local land management agencies, environmentalists, and recreation, forest product and livestock industries - organized 20 years ago to address the devastation of wildfire. 

Their efforts evolved into the White Mountain Stewardship Project and realized success on 70,000 acres of previously dense degraded forest now thinned and on the road to healthy diversity to help mitigate wildfires.  Read the full article here.

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