March 29, 2013
A Forest Service supervisor stands amidst the smoldering aftermath of a controlled burn on the outskirts of Payson. The Forest Service is seeking comments on an environmental assessment of a plan to use thinning and controlled burns to restore the health of a million acres of badly overgrown forest in the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. The plan is unprecedented in its scope and complexity.
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The U.S. Forest Service has released an “unprecedented” draft environmental assessment on plans to use mechanical thinning and controlled burns to restore a million acres of dense, overcrowded forest to more healthy conditions