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Arizona State Forestry Division

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

Arizona State Forestry is an Agency within Arizona State Government that works closely with many...

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:

Pinyon Needle Scale Eggs Have Been Laid in the Sedona Area

Sedona, Arizona, 19 February 2015—Pinyon needle scale, a complex native insect, was recently identified in the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek areas mainly on transplanted pinyon pines. However, it has now been found on native pinyon pines growing in the Uptown Sedona area.

Governor Doug Ducey Announces State Forester

Released by the Governor's Office: JANUARY 29, 2015 PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Jeff Whitney as director of the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Notice of Public Meeting - Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board

Phoenix, Arizona - February 6, 2015 - The Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board's next meeting will be on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Building at 1015 Fair Street in Prescott. The public is invited and the agenda for this meeting will be posted at the new website for the Memorial Fund: http://Yarnellhillmemorialfund.org.

Important San Pedro River Properties Protected

OCTOBER 28, (TUCSON, AZ) —Four private properties linking an important wildlife and bird migration corridor along the lower San Pedro River will be forever protected as part of a partnership between landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Forestry, Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy.

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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.

Pinyon Needle Scale Eggs Have Been Laid in the Sedona Area

Sedona, Arizona, 19 February 2015—Pinyon needle scale, a complex native insect, was recently identified in the Sedona and Village of Oak Creek areas mainly on transplanted pinyon pines. However, it has now been found on native pinyon pines growing in the Uptown Sedona area.

Based on its widespread distribution in Prescott and continuing expansion in the Payson area, the insect has the potential to spread widely throughout Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.

Governor Doug Ducey Announces State Forester

Released by the Governor's Office:

JANUARY 29, 2015

PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Jeff Whitney as director of the Arizona State Forestry Division.

"Jeff possesses more than 40 years of professional experience in forestry and fire prevention," said Governor Ducey. "Particularly in a state that is no stranger to large and destructive wildfires, Jeff's background and expertise as a National Type 1 Incident Commander will be integral to the health of our forests and the safety of our communities."

Notice of Public Meeting - Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE YARNELL HILL MEMORIAL SITE BOARD

Yarnell Hill Memorial Site Board Meets February 27; The Donations Site for the Memorial Fund is Now Online

Important San Pedro River Properties Protected

Important San Pedro River Properties Protected
Project Was Top National Priority of the Forest Legacy Program

OCTOBER 28, (TUCSON, AZ) —Four private properties linking an important wildlife and bird migration corridor along the lower San Pedro River will be forever protected as part of a partnership between landowners, the U.S. Forest Service, Arizona State Forestry, Arizona Game and Fish Department and The Nature Conservancy.

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Arizona State Forestry provides assistance in Rural and Community-based forestry programs throughout Arizona.  The programs are:

Urban and Community Forestry - Has numerous programs and partnerships to help cities, town, and communities manage and enhance their "urban forests."

Stewardship - Helps forested land owners plan and prepare management plans for their property as well as other services.

Legacy -  Helps landowners protect their land from development by purchase of a "Conservation Easement."

Forest Health -  Provides staff, professional foresters, private landowners, and other stakeholders information, education, technical assistance, and integrated management strategies to prevent insect and disease outbreaks, and achieve healthy forest and woodland stand conditions.

Utilization and Marketing - Helps communities and forest industries establish and enhance their forest based industries to provide rural employment, economic strength, viable local industries.

The Arizona State Forestry Division worked closely with partner organizations and stakeholder groups to develop the 2010 Arizona Forest Resource and Assessment. The Assessment and Strategy addresses national private forest conservation priorities; is a useful tool to a wide range of individuals, agencies and organizations; and provides the basis of future work in Arizona to address our forest resource issues. 

Arizona Forest Resource Assessment - 2010

Arizona Forest Resource Strategy (Forest Action Plan) - 2010

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Wildland Fire Course Offering

FEMA / NIMS ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE

Additional classes can be found at the Arizona Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence and the National Fire Training websites.

Wildfire qualifications for individuals from the Arizona State Forestry Division as well as those working for Arizona Fire Departments are reviewed by the Arizona Wildfire Qualifications (Red Card) Review Committee. Recommendations are then forwarded to the State Fire Management Officer who is the only person authorized by the State Forester to sign qualifications cards at the Single Resource Boss Level and above in operations, at the Unit Leader Level and above in other ICS functions, for the Firewise Communities Advisor and Assessor positions, and the Structure Protection Specialist.

Information about physical fitness testing is located on our FITNESS page.

If you need to request access to the IQS website, training or production, please contact Susan Burger @ 623-445-0274 ext 220. To access the IQS production click on the logo below.

For those that want to practice in IQS before making change in production click here.

NWCG Training Nomination Form

AZ State Priority Trainee Letter, Program, and Nomination Forms

Forestry Division's Fire Experience Form

Fire Experience Form-Word

National Wildfire Coordination Group - Qualification Information and Task Books

Wildfire Qualifications Review Committee Meeting Information

 

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Recources

Business Resources

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Grant Programs

Arizona State Forestry administers several grant programs to support cooperative forestry programs and related activities throughout Arizona. The links below provide more detailed information on each grant program. View grant programs.

 

Public Records

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Organizational Partners

The links below provide resources and tools to natural resource managers who want to be in the know!

Professional Organizations

The Arizona Community Tree Council’s mission is to encourage and facilitate the care and planting of trees in Arizona.
 
Arizona Nursery Association is a professional trade organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the nursery industry for its members and the public they serve in Arizona.
 
The Tree Care Industry Association is a 73-year-old public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture and provides tree care companies and professional arborists with safety and educational programs, meetings, publications and guidelines for tree service operations, ANSI A300 tree care standards, and much more.
 
The Society of Municipal Arborists is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters. Our membership also includes consultants, commercial firms and citizens who actively practice or support some facet of municipal forestry.
 
The Alliance for Community Trees supports the needs of communities, nonprofits, businesses, and others engaged in urban forestry.
 
Trees Are Good helps to educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care.
 
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees through research, technology, and education.
 

 

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