The passing storm to our north earlier in the week brought minimal precipitation in the form of a trace of rain during the day and very few flakes of snow Monday evening. A day of windy conditions dominated Tuesday. We continue a slow warming trend as temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60s and nighttime conditions just below the freezing mark in the upper 20s.
On March 17, the Top of the Rim Eagles will host a St. Patrick’s dinner that will include corned beef and cabbage. This will be held at the Top of the Rim Eagles’ lodge located at 2023 S.R. 277 in Overgaard. The cost is $7 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Max Baer heart fund.
On Feb. 23, more than 20 organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding or “MOU” between the Four Forest Restoration Initiative Collaborative Stakeholder Group and the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests. Conservationists, scientists, industry representatives, community leaders and the U.S. Forest Service signed a historic agreement to restore ponderosa pine forests in four national forests in northern Arizona.
The MOU is designed to accelerate large-scale restoration across the Mogollon Rim to support resilient, diverse stands that sustain native biodiversity; safely re-establish natural fire regimes; reduce fire threats to communities; create sustainable forest industries that strengthen local economies while conserving natural resources and aesthetic values; and engage the public through increased public outreach, education and support for this initiative.
“Navajo County is proud to stand in partnership with the other members of the Four Forest Initiative stakeholder group and the U.S. Forest Service on this historic MOU. Never before in the history of our nation’s forests has such a diverse group united in support of a project of such significant scale and importance,” declared Navajo County Supervisor David Tenney.
“The members of this stakeholder group understand what the residents of Navajo County have known for years: that preventing landscape-scale fires requires a landscape-scale solution that includes industry, science and collaboration. The initiative is Arizona’s, and the country’s, only hope for restoring our forests.”
The MOU calls for the Forest Service and 4FRI members to work together through the process of framing the issues, developing a range of treatments, analyzing impacts and identifying preferred actions.