August 9, 2007
Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin said she realized long ago
that the drought conditions plaguing much of Arizona paired with
the overcrowding in the forests add up to a potentially
catastrophic wildfire situation. Martin believes government funding
could be used to establish forest economies where thinning efforts
produced profits, which in turn could help pay for its solution.
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano recently revealed a plan that would
provide upwards of $35 million dollars a year for the next three
years to improve the health of Arizona's six forests. Area forest
after thinning efforts.