Summary of Draft Record of Decision

This summary explains the how, when, what and why of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s draft Record of Decision. The summary also includes relevant reference websites and tables that describe treated acres and corresponding harvesting methods, post-treatment fire

hazard results, and predicted soil burn severity maps. See the FWPP DROD Summary for details.

Release of the Draft Record of Decision for FWPP

The Coconino National Forest announces Scott Russell, Acting Forest Supervisor, has signed the draft Record of Decision (ROD) for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project!

Russell said, “We listened to the concerns brought forth during the DEIS comment period and have not only incorporated but also relied on public input in the formation of this decision. The draft ROD will meet the purpose and need for the project while also addressing concerns related to large tree retention, effects on the viewshed of Flagstaff, and impacts to the Mexican spotted owl.”

The draft ROD and Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) as well as the Response to Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and an Implementation Plan are now available on the Forest Service (USFS) project website here:

A legal notice of the availability of the draft ROD and FEIS is anticipated to print in the Arizona Daily Sun on June 26, which will mark the start of the 45-day objection period. A copy of the legal notice will be posted on the USFS website above. Once the objection period ends, the USFS will go through a 45-day objection resolution period. After the objections are resolved, the USFS can issue a final Record of Decision, anticipated September 2015, and begin implementation. You can also find the Implementation Guide on the website above for more information about the implementation phases, estimated timelines, and steps necessary to implement and administer a timber contract.

If you have any questions about the project, the draft decision, the comment period or the FEIS, please feel free to contact FWPP USFS Project Manager, Erin Phelps, at (928) 527-8240 or by e-mail:




New Monitoring Report Complete: Schultz Creek is a major tributary of the Rio de Flag watershed of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona, which is being treated by the FWPP. This study used alluvial chronology to study the recent geologic history of Schultz Creek and hydraulic modeling to predict how peak flood flow magnitudes and stored sediment could be affected by severe wildfires and FWPP treatments in and adjacent to Flagstaff, Arizona. Click here Fullthesisdec10 for full report.

Open Letter to the Community

As the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project continues to move forward, Paul Summerfelt, FWPP Project Manager for the City of Flagstaff, would like to share an update on recent FWPP accomplishments and efforts currently underway to protect our community and surrounding forest. To learn more please view FWPP Open Letter_Nov 14

Equestrian Project – Post Treatment Survey Results

Prior of implementation of the FWPP Equestrian Forest Management Project, residents in Equestrian Estates and University Heights adjacent to the project were mailed notice of the pending 400 acre project which occurred August-September 2014. This project, the first mechanical removals as part of the FWPP, was widely accepted and greatly appreciated by area residents who have recognized the necessity to conduct these much needed forest treatments to protect their neighborhoods and the greater Flagstaff community. Following completion of the project, a second letter with a survey was mailed to these residents asking for their opinion on the project and its benefits. View FWPP Equestrian Project Survey_SUMMARY to see a summary of the survey results and comments provided by respondents.

FWPP Cost Avoidance Study

New study reveals potential cost avoidance to citizens of Flagstaff.

Potential financial damages avoided in implementing FWPP range from $573 million to $1.2 billion. For full report see: Final FWPP Cost Avoidance October 27