In the summer/fall of 2015, 475 acres of Section 18, part of the Observatory Mesa Natural area, owned by the City of Flagstaff, were mechanically harvested as part of the Flaggstaff Watershed Protection Project (FWPP). Fore more: FWPP-Obs Mesa_Sec 18_Lessons Learned
According to the FWPP Monitoring Plan (2014), voters would like project monitoring to evaluate the following question: “Did the investment effectively reduce the risk of catastrophic fire?” This research aims to help answer the voter question using innovative remote sensing techniques via unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to measure changes in forest structure from forest fuel reduction treatment. The forest structure measurements will be used to model pre- and post-treatment crown fire potential and evaluate the fuel reduction treatment effects on potential fire behavior. For full poster see: P_Shinn_thesis_poster
The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership and the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network are hosting a Firewise Landscaping Contest! The contest recognizes homeowners’ efforts in creating a Firewise home in their community, while also demonstrating that Firewise landscaping can be beautiful. The contest is open to residents of the Greater Flagstaff Area, including city and county residents. A total of $1000 in prizes will be awarded to top contestants. Deadline for entry is Friday May, 12th and judging will begin Monday May, 15th. Prizes will be presented at an awards luncheon on May 23rd at the 1899 Bar & Grill on NAU’s campus.
For more info: Click here for flyerL FLC_Contest_Flyer_3_17_17
OR e-mail: Firewiselandscapecontest@gmail.com
The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership (GFFP) and its many partners are presenting a Harvesting Methods and Wildfire Preparedness Open House on Saturday, May 6th, from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the Aquaplex in Flagstaff.
For a flyer, click here: HarvestingMethodsOpenHouseFlyer2017
As the pace and scale of forest restoration efforts increase throughout the area, this is an opportunity for the community to experience and learn about the various timber harvesting methods that will occur on projects, like the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project and the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, and the measures taken by professionals to reduce the risk of severe wildfires in our forests.
Forestry and fire staff from the Forest Service, City, State and many other partners will be on-hand to discuss current and planned thinning operations. Community members will have photo opportunities with Smokey Bear and NAU’s Louie the Lumberjack, real woods loggers and fire fighters, as well as getting close and personal with logging equipment and fire trucks.
Residents will also have the opportunity to gain valuable insight on how to protect their homes, property, and family from wildfire. Other exhibits include: NAU Timber Sports demonstrations, forest treatment operations videos, a kid’s corner, and refreshments. This event is sponsored by the Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network and is held in conjunction with the National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
FWPP Biannual Report July – December 2016
Significant accomplishments in implementation (work on the ground), tribal engagement, outreach, monitoring, FWPP in the News, and financial investments and leveraged funds from July – Dec. 2016 are highlighted in this report. For full report click here: Biannual Rpt – July-Oct_16_Final
Up on Observatory Mesa, nestled above downtown Flagstaff in the Rio de Flag Watershed, Matt Millar monitors the progress of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s forest thinning operations. For full story click here
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
Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project’s Biannual Report summarizes accomplishments in Implementation, Outreach, Monitoring, FWPP In the News and Financial Leverage from Jan.-June 2016. For full report see Biannual Report_Jan-June 2016_Final_I