Does Wildfire Mitigation Work? 16 Examples and Counting!
By: Allison Jolley
The Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network recently published a story highlighting six examples of wildfire mitigation paying off in 2018. Readers asked for more, and they are happy to report that just for 2017 and 2018 alone, they now have 16 examples of why investing in wildfire mitigation is a smart move — for residents, local governments and public land agencies alike.
How Healthier Forests Can Mean Less Smoke: The Science, Tools and Strategies Related to Smoke Management in Fire-Adapted Forests
By: Dr. Leland Tarnay, USDA Forest Service Region 5 Remote Sensing Lab
Forest Health Alert September 2016
Bob Celaya, Arizona State Forestry, reports bark beetle activity in the the Prescott Basin. Report
April 27, 2016 PINYON NEEDLE SCALE EGGS
Bob Celaya, Arizona State Forestry, reports that the Pinyon Needle Scale Eggs have begun to hatch in the Prescott area. Report.
2015 Forest Heath Report Uncovers a Growing Menace
Bob Celaya, Arizona State Forestry, has released his latest Forest Health Conditions Report and highlights the thriving presence of the non-native invasive plants. The report also cites the spread of pinyon needle scale and various other infestations born by insects invading our forests.
Also if the forecast for a strong El Nino holds this winter-spring, we may see a lot more tree damage in 2016. More information is contained in the El Nino Fact Sheet produced by the National Weather Service. Snow-related tree damage has already been reported in the Payson area from the storms earlier this month (see below). I suspect the Prescott area has also experienced some scattered breakage.
If the forecast for a strong El Niño holds this winter-spring, we may see a lot more tree damage in 2016: https://azsf.az.gov/el-ni%C3%B1o-fact-sheet.
For those of you who were around for the “moderate” El Niño experienced in 2009-2010—we saw lots of storm-damaged trees (see below).
Arizona State Forester, Jeff Whitney, Talks about Mission of the Forestry Department
Jeff Witney, State Forester at the Arizona State Forestry shares his perspective on the state of forestry in Arizona today at the February PAWUIC meeting. He said that PAWUIC is a leader in the effort to strengthen the health of our forests and the safety of the surrounding communities. We can't change the past, but with strong partnerships we can shape the future. (Copy of his slides.)
Northern Arizona Forest Fund
The Northern Arizona Forest Fund (NAFF), a partnership between SRP and the National Forest Foundation, provides an easy way for businesses and residents of Arizona to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6RH8m5Gscs