May 22, 2012
The 4-Forests Restoration Initiative on Friday issued a long-awaited contract to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests in the next decade, to prevent run-away wildfires that left charred landscapes like these near Payson.
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Charges of ‘cronyism’ dog choice of logging company
The U.S. Forest Service last week awarded the largest contract in history to a private timber company to turn 300,000 acres of small trees into wood products, a move Rim Country officials said may ultimately protect endangered Rim Country communities from wildfires. However, the Centers for Biological Diversity immediately cast a shadow across the announcement by criticizing the choice of a company headed by a former U.S. Forest Service official the environmental group said had repeatedly sought to loosen protections for old-growth forests.