The Gila County Board of Supervisors will have a forest health workshop in Payson next week to hear from forest experts.
The public meeting is at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 23 at the community room of the Payson campus of Gila Community College.
Topics on the agenda:
- Assessment of 12-year analysis on the Dude Fire, Alvin Medina, research ecologist with Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff;
- Forest Ecosystem Restoration Analysis of Western Mogollon Plateau, Thomas Sisk, associate professor of ecology, Center for Environmental Sciences and Education, NAU;
- Various prescriptions for beetle-killed and/or high fire risk forests, Charlie Denton, program coordinator, Ecological Restoration Institute, NAU;
- Ecological costs/benefits of treatments vs. no treatments, Gary Snider, ecological economist, School of Forestry, NAU.
A representative from the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Service may also be speaking.
"The workshop will help us understand how much a healthy forest depends on the wise and consistent application of ecological principles," Arizona Partnership for Forest Health Director Lew Levenson said. "None of these people are the radical tree huggers or leopard frog protectors. They can help us understand how to bring it all together in a truly harmonious community that can be sustained for our children and theirs."