NAZ Today Story – Flagstaff Combats Wildfire With “Watershed Protection Project”

A 10 million dollar bond will fund an innovative plan to protect the Coconino forest and the city of Flagstaff. The “Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project” seeks to dramatically reduce risk of catastrophic fire danger. Operation specialist Matt Millar gives an insight look at the advanced technology being utilized on the project. For video click title above or here:

The bids are in; timber harvest planned for spring in FWPP

The bids are in; timber harvest planned for spring in FWPP  

Aug. 25, 2016
The US Forest Service and City of Flagstaff are pleased to provide an update on the progression of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project; a contractor has provided a bid to conduct tree thinning operations on 642 acres of National Forest along Schultz Creek and the base of Mt. Elden. For full press release, click here: coc-nr-08-26-2016-intrim-timber-for-fwpp

Update on Temp Road Construction & Trail Reroutes in the Dry Lake Hills

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On Monday (July 18th) the contractor will begin construction of a temporary logging road near the base of Mt. Elden. The temporary logging road will use a short segment of the Arizona Trail (which connects Rocky Ridge and Lower Oldham Trail).  Please see map FWPP_Phase1_TempRd#2_07152016.  We will post signs/barricades (see photo on right) DSCF3901 on both ends of this trail to inform hikers/bikers about the road work.  Also, the temporary logging road will be within the natural gas pipeline corridor – which includes a couple of segments of the Pipeline Trail, but it shouldn’t warrant closing those trail segments.

The contractor started construction of the temporary logging road at the Schultz Creek Trailhead (i.e. utilizing approx. ½ mile of the Schultz Creek Trail – which if unaware was an old logging road from year’s past). The contractor will finish up the road work near Schultz Creek Trailhead on Monday, July 18 and at that time we will re-open that segment of Schultz Creek Trail as well as Rocky Ridge Trail.


  • Temporary logging road construction near Schultz Creek Trailhead will be completed on Monday, July 18.
  • Schultz Creek Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail will reopen on Monday, July 18.
  • Temporary logging road construction will begin near the base of Mt. Elden on Monday, July 18.
  • We will post No Public Access signs on both ends of the Arizona Trail affected by this closure.
  • It is difficult to determine how long the temporary logging road construction will take in this area, but given the timeline of the work they did near Schultz Creek Trailhead, estimate 10-12 days.
  • Logging operations for FWPP Phase 1 can begin as early as the middle of August – but we will keep you apprised of the actual starting date when that becomes available.

Best Management Practices Used to Minimize Impacts to Soils, Water Resources and Trails

Ground-based thinning activities using mechanized equipment require the use of existing forest roads and the construction of new temporary roads to facilitate access to timber stands. In addition, whole-tree skidding of harvested trees requires a network of skid trails ending at landings where trees are delimbed and loaded onto trucks for transport to processing sites (mills, bioenergy facilities, etc.). These activities cause various types of disturbance to soils and ground cover that are mitigated through use of best management practices, known as “BMPs.” Fore more see: Best Management Practices_Final