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Coconino County Allocates $7.6-Million To Forest Restoration Projects Near Flagstaff And Williams

The Coconino County Flood Control District Board of Directors approved about $7.6-million of capital expenditures to support forest restoration projects in the Upper Rio de Flag Watershed near Flagstaff and on Bill Williams Mountain about the City of Williams. The investment comes on the heels of a series of studies produced by the district that quantified the potential risk of wildfire and post-wildfire flooding in the Upper Rio de Flag Watershed on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks. According to the studies, this watershed is at high risk of catastrophic wildfire that could result in an economic impact to the greater Flagstaff area ranging from $535-million to $2.8-billion. A similar 2016 study of the Bill Williams Mountain area determined a potential economic impact of $365-$700 million to the regional economy. With the approval, the district will contribute just over two-million dollars to the Upper Rio project, and the U.S. Forest Service has committed about $11 million. To Bill Williams Mountain, the district has committed $5.6-million and the U.S. Forest Service will commit seven-and-a-half-million dollars.

For more information on the Upper Rio De Flag Watershed Restoration Plan, click here:

For more information on the Bill Williams Mountain Forest Restoration Project, click here:

To hear see Dave’s interview with Coconino County Flood Control District Administrator Lucinda Andreani, click here:

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