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.
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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.
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
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).
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.