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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Urban and Community Forestry

Urban forests provide many environmental benefits to Arizonans.
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Community Forestry Recognition Programs

Community recognition programs provide incentives for urban forest management.
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Invasive Plants

State Forestry supports cooperative management of invasive plants that threaten forests and...
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Arizona State Forestry Division

Arizona State Forestry protects State lands and unincorporated private lands, and also assists...
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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Sustainable Utilization of Arizona’s Forest Resources

Arizona State Forestry provides technical assistance to forest based enterprises
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Urban Forests Improve Air Quality

Urban forest inventories can document tree benefits to air quality.

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:

Fire Prevention

A coalition of Arizona-based agencies has an important message for everyone heading outdoors this summer: Be a responsible recreationist. It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or needles to start a wildfire.

Governor Declares Wildfire Prevention Week March 29-April 4, 2015

The federal, state, and tribal partners of the Southwest Prevention and Information Committee invite you to join us in promoting Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 29 – April 4, 2015. This year’s theme is “Where We Live, How We Live, Living with Wildfire.” The focus of the week is to increase awareness and to promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.

Pinyon Needle Scale Eggs Have Already Been Laid in the Payson Area

Payson, Arizona, 16 March 2015 —Due to the very warm temperatures experienced recently, this complex native insect is already active throughout the Payson area. Female pinyon needle scales have emerged from the stage on the needles and have laid their eggs. Their life cycle is about a month ahead of schedule.

Notice of Public Meeting - Community Forestry Committee (Governor’s FHC)

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431, notice is hereby given to the members of the Forest Health Council, Committee Members and to the general public that the Community Forestry Committee will hold a meeting open to the public: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, 1110 West Washington Street, Ste 160, Conference Room 1010B; Phoenix, AZ 85007; Thursday, 12 March 2015; 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Arizona Department of Public Safety Southern Air Rescue Participates in Annual Re-certification with Arizona State Forestry

Monday, March 2, 2015 - On Friday, February 27, as part of an annual re-certification, DPS Southern Air Rescue (Ranger 54) participated in a joint training effort aimed at responding to wild fires in Arizona. The training took place in the Madera Canyon area, south of Tucson. In addition to DPS, crews from the Arizona State Forestry Division, southern Pima County Fire Departments, and Santa Cruz County Fire Departments, joined in the training.

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.

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.

Fire Prevention

PHOENIX -- A coalition of Arizona-based agencies has an important message for everyone heading outdoors this summer: Be a responsible recreationist. It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or needles to start a wildfire. 

Chainsaws, dragging trailer chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, unshielded OHV mufflers and discharging a firearm all can create sparks and cause wildfires.  No matter how a fire starts, anyone found responsible may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines and restoration costs.

Wildfire Training Calendar

View, print, and download the latest Wildfire Training Calendar for wildland fire courses sponsored by the Arizona State Forestry and partners. 

Wildfire Training Calendar Preview

On the WildfireTraining Calendar spreadsheet page, click on Print to export the calendar as a printable PDF. 

Section: 

Governor Declares Wildfire Prevention Week March 29-April 4, 2015

The federal, state, and tribal partners of the Southwest Prevention and Information Committee invite you to join us in promoting Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 29 – April 4, 2015. This year’s theme is “Where We Live, How We Live, Living with Wildfire.” The focus of the week is to increase awareness and to promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. 

Pinyon Needle Scale Eggs Have Already Been Laid in the Payson Area

Payson, Arizona, 16 March 2015 —Due to the very warm temperatures experienced recently, this complex native insect is already active throughout the Payson area. Female pinyon needle scales have emerged from the stage on the needles and have laid their eggs. Their life cycle is about a month ahead of schedule.

 

Notice of Public Meeting - Community Forestry Committee (Governor’s FHC)

Notice of Public Meeting of a Public Body
Sections 7.6, 7.7.4 and 7.9.1
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING OF THE
Community Forestry Committee (Governor’s FHC)

Pursuant to A.R.S. Section 38-431, notice is herebygiven to the members of the Forest Health Council, Committee Members and to the general public that the Community Forestry Committee will hold a meeting open to the public:

Arizona Department of Public Safety Southern Air Rescue Participates in Annual Re-certification with Arizona State Forestry

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

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