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
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.
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
Alternatives 2 and 3 would have the greatest reduction in active crown fire potential: from approximately 57 percent of the project area under the No Action Alternative to 7 percent under Alternatives 2 and 3, compared to approximately 28 percent under Alternative 4. Alternatives 2 and 3 would also result in the greatest reduction in post-fire predicted peak discharge associated with a 100-year storm event (1 percent recurrence interval): 60 percent reduction for Alternatives 2 and 3 versus 30 percent reduction for Alternative 4 as compared to the No Action Alternative. All three action alternatives include a Forest Plan amendment to allow mechanized equipment for thinning on slopes greater than 40 percent (see Forest Plan Amendments in Chapter 2 and Appendix A for more information). For more click here: FWPP DEIS Comparison Summary
Based on input received on the Proposed Action released in April 2013, the US Forest Service (USFS) developed four treatment alternatives, which are analyzed and compared in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) which has been released for public comment July 3rd. The public is encouraged to provide feedback during the 45-day comment period ending August 18th. The USFS will use the comments received to develop the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and draft Record of Decision (ROD); these will be published later this year. Once the FEIS and draft decision are published, there will be a 45-day objection period for those who provided comments followed by a 45-day resolution period. The final ROD, which will contain the final decision for treatment, is expected early next year (2015).
Two open houses are scheduled at the Flagstaff Aquaplex July 17th and 22nd from 5:00-7:30 PM to review the DEIS. The DEIS, along with a Reader’s Guide, a Map Packet and other supporting information can be found online at www.fs.usda.gov/goto/FWPP.
In the November 2012 election, City voters overwhelmingly approved (74%) a $10 million dollar bond to fund the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP). Forest treatments will occur primarily on federal lands outside of the City, as well as on City and State lands, within City limits; all treatments are designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and subsequent post-fire flooding in the Rio de Flag (Dry Lake Hills) and Lake Mary watersheds. This report highlights significant accomplishments in the first half of 2014.
To view the full report, click here: FWPP Biannual Report – Jan to June 2014.
On November 6, 2012, Flagstaff, Arizona voters over-whelmingly approved a $10 million bond — Question 405, “Forest Health and Water Supply Protection Pro-ject” (hereafter the Watershed Project). This municipal bond project, backed by secondary property taxes, will finance up to $10 million to support planning and im-plementation of forest health and water supply protec-tion projects on 14,446 acres of U.S. Forest Service and State lands primarily outside Flagstaff city limits. This bond authorization is the first payment for water-shed services (hereafter water resources) project im-plemented on national forest lands in the United States that was subjected to voter approval and financed through municipal bonds. Exit polling was conducted by Northern Arizona University (NAU) researchers to understand underlying dimensions of voter support or opposition to payments for water resources.
Read the full report HERE.
In the November 2012 election, voters approved a 10 million dollar bond to fund the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP) to protect forest health, water quality and supply, and the community in the greater Flagstaff area. Forest treatments will occur primarily on federal lands outside the City and state lands within the City, and are designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire and subsequent post‐fire flooding in the Rio de Flag and Lake Mary watersheds. Some initial on‐the‐ground work has been undertaken and planning is well underway to begin full‐scale implementation of forest treatments within the next year. This report highlights significant accomplishments in the year since the measure was passed by 74% of Flagstaff voters.
Click the link below to read the full 2013 FWPP Annual Report.
FWPP Annual Report_2013_