The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership is an alliance of environmental, governmental, and business organizations dedicated to researching and demonstrating approaches to forest ecosystem restoration in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff, Arizona. The Partnership’s three primary goals are to:
- Restore natural ecosystem structures, function, and composition of ponderosa pine forests.
- Manage forest fuels to reduce the probability of catastrophic fire.
- Research, test, develop, and demonstrate key ecological, economic, and social dimensions of restoration efforts.
GFFP was instrumental in the development of the Greater Flagstaff Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP), which was approved in January 2005. The CWPP was reviewed and revised in 2012 – click here to view this report (pdf, 151 pp., 8.35 MB).
GFFP’s treatment effectiveness newspaper insert was adapted for a kiosk in Ft. Tuthill County Fairgrounds that has over 100,000 visitors a year. Ft. Tuthill is surrounded by forests and is participating in a cost share grant to treat areas inside of the fairgrounds. In addition, the park has recently acquired an open space annex (220 acres) that will be part of this cost share project. The kiosk provides outreach to both residents and visitors by highlighting recent on the ground treatments that assisted firefighters in containing uncharacteristic crown fires that would have had a profound effect on the community. Visitors will also be able see these treatments first hand and understand the reasons this work is so important, the implications if these cross-jurisdictional treatments are not implemented, and the promotion of Firewise principles and concepts.
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This is a 8-page newspaper insert “We Can Adapt to Wildfire – A Look at Forest Treatment Effectiveness” that GFFP created – published in the AZ Daily Sun (Flagstaff) on June 30, 2016. This is a great tool for pubic outreach. Click title above or here: treatment effectiveness 6_2_fixed bleed
Six harvesting methods fact sheets that describe: 1) Prescribed fire, 2) Steep slope equipment, 3) Cable logging, 4) Helicopter logging, 5) Traditional ground based equipment, and 6 Hand thinning are available: SteepSlope – Final_I Prescribed Fire – Final_I Helicopter Logging – Final Hand Thinning – Final Ground Based – Final CABLE LOGGING – Final_I
In addition a harvesting methods poster/display is available for events: Harvesting Methods Poster Poster – Final
The fact sheets and poster assist understanding the various types of harvesting methods that are necessary to continue treating our forests at an increased pace and scale.