Hazardous Fuel Reduction work by State Forestry

Hazardous Fuel Reduction work by State Forestry

Reducing the level of fuel to protect the forest is a prime mission of State Forestry.
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Invasive Plants

State Forestry supports cooperative management of invasive plants that threaten forests and...
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Sustainable Utilization of Arizona’s Forest Resources

Arizona State Forestry provides technical assistance to forest based enterprises
Stewardship Work on Private Lands

Stewardship Work on Private Lands

AZSF Stewardship Program writes management plans and helps landowners do forest management projects.
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Community Forestry Recognition Programs

Community recognition programs provide incentives for urban forest management.
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Urban and Community Forestry

Urban forests provide many environmental benefits to Arizonans.
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Urban Forests Improve Air Quality

Urban forest inventories can document tree benefits to air quality.
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Arizona State Forestry Division

Arizona State Forestry protects State lands and unincorporated private lands, and also assists...

Arizona State Forestry

What We Do

The Arizona State Forestry Division provides resources for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities. The agency provides services for fire prevention, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of grants available. The Arizona Forest Resource Assessment, and the Arizona Forest Resource Strategy are documents that help guide the work of the Agency.

NEWS:

Fall Webworm Activity Reported in the Showlow and Linden Area

Show Low, Arizona, August 18, 2015— Fall webworm, a native insect has again been reported in several communities in eastern Arizona.

Sycamore Anthracnose Has Been Detected In Sunflower and the Oak Creek Canyon Area

Due mainly to the cool spring weather experienced this year, sycamore anthracnose, a foliage disease, has caused noticeable discoloration and defoliation of Arizona sycamores. Infected trees are very visible in the community of Sunflower in Gila County and Oak Creek Canyon in Coconino County.

June 2015 Aviation Summary

Vol. 15, No. 1

Statement from Governor Doug Ducey

Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots

State Forester Announces Settlement Agreement for the Yarnell Hill Fire

Arizona State Forestry announced that it has reached agreement in a settlement of multiple claims and legal proceedings arising out of the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that was fatal to 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew.

What We Do

Summary: 

The Arizona State Forestry Division provides resources for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities. The agency provides services for fire prevention, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of grants available. The Arizona Forest Resource Assessment, and the Arizona Forest Resource Strategy are documents that help guide the work of the Agency.

The Arizona State Forestry Division provides for the prevention and suppression of wildland fire on 22 million acres of State Trust Land and private property located outside incorporated communities.

  • Our Fire Suppression efforts support aviation resources, fire fighter training, dispatching of personnel and equipment, and business management information.
  • Our Fire Prevention efforts include helping communities learn about and become Firewise, community prevention planning, homeowner and community risk assessments, and youth education.
  • Our fire prevention efforts also include granting funds to communities to reduce the hazardous fuels in and around the communities as well as on State lands.
  • Arizona State acquires and refurbishes wildland firefighting equipment and makes these resources available to rural fire department and fire districts.
  • The Urban and Community Forestry program offers assistance to communities and homeowners in care and management of their trees, planting projects, along with the Champion, Heritage, and Witness trees in the State.
  • The Forest Stewardship program offers forest land owner assistance with management plans Provide forest resource stewardship through strategic implementation of forest health policies and cooperative forestry assistance programs.
  • The Forest Health program offers technical assistance to communities and landowners on the numerous insects and diseases that threaten their trees.
  • The Utilization and Marketing program offers communities, contractors, and companies assistance in starting, improving, or expanding their operations to provide markets for the vast hazardous fuel reduction and forest restoration efforts that are needed within the state.
  • There are grants available to help communities reduce hazardous fuels, acquire equipment and supplies for their local fire fighters, training,  prevention of insect and disease outbreaks, reducing invasive plants, as well as cost share grants for urban community efforts.

Fall Webworm Activity Reported in the Showlow and Linden Area

Show Low, Arizona, August 18, 2015— Fall webworm, a native insect has again been reported in several communities in eastern Arizona.

The webbing produced by these hairy caterpillars is very visible and loosely arranged in layers within the foliage, with the caterpillars enclosed inside the webs. The webs and the defoliation caused by these insects are mainly unsightly, and is not a serious threat to the health of the infested tree(s).

 

 

Sycamore Anthracnose Has Been Detected In Sunflower and the Oak Creek Canyon Area

Phoenix, Arizona, 7 July 2015 -- Due mainly to the cool spring weather experienced this year, sycamore anthracnose, a foliage disease, has caused noticeable discoloration and defoliation of Arizona sycamores. Infected trees are very visible in the community of Sunflower in Gila County and Oak Creek Canyon in Coconino County.

Other areas in Gila County where the disease was identified includes Star Valley, Little Green Valley, Kohl’s Ranch and Tonto Creek.

June 2015 Aviation Summary

As the monsoons begin to set in following a somewhat slow fire season in the
Southwest, we look forward to the transition from our Southwest season to
supporting other Regions that are beginning to become active. Now is the time to
remain focused on the job at hand and not let our guard down. As some of the SAFECOMs this summer
have shown, even during periods of inactivity, being vigilant with such mundane tasks such as a routine
engine run-up can prevent future potential incidents or accidents. SMS works because Safety is integrated
into everything we do.

Statement from Governor Doug Ducey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2015

Statement from Governor Doug Ducey

Two-Year Anniversary of the Yarnell Hill Fire

PHOENIX – “Today marks a solemn anniversary for the state of Arizona, as we remember the 19 brave men who gave their lives at Yarnell Hill two years ago.

State Forester Announces Settlement Agreement for the Yarnell Hill Fire

Phoenix, AZ (June 29, 2015)—Arizona State Forestry announced that it has reached agreement in a settlement of multiple claims and legal proceedings arising out of the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire that was fatal to 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew.  Arizona State Forestry believes that the settlement of these claims arising from the Yarnell Hill Fire is in the best interests of the State of Arizona and its priority of fighting wildfires in a way that safely protects firefighters, the public, state forest resources, and private property.

Community Forestry Committee

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431, notice is hereby given to the general public that the Arizona State Forester’s Community Forestry Committee will hold a meeting open to the public:

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – Planning Department

Community Resource Building

530 E. Merritt Street; Prescott, Arizona 86301

Thursday, 11 June 2015

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

(Field Tour to Follow Meeting)

Agenda attached. 

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