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The Coconino National Forest Is Seeking Public Comment On An Important Thinning Project

The Coconino National Forest is asking for public comments on a proposed forest thinning project, aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire in the Flagstaff area. The Leroux Fuels Management Project aims to treat nearly 19-hundred acres of Coconino National Forest land west of the Kachina Peaks Wilderness area by mechanically thinning overgrown areas of forest. By doing this, it would remove hazardous forest fuels such as pine needle accumulation and dead trees to create safer and healthier forest conditions that are less prone to the risk of catastrophic wildfire and subsequent post-fire flooding. Trees and woody material will be cut and consolidated manually by hand crews, and then hauled via helicopter to designated landings for removal. Prescribed burning may be implemented following machine thinning. You have until June 12th to submit a comment.

To submit a comment, you have a few options:

  • Via email: Submit an email to comments-southwestern-coconino-flagstaff@usda.gov (include “Leroux” in the subject line)
  • Via mail: Address letters to Coconino National Forest, attention: Jessica Richardson, 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ, 86004
  • In person: Visit the Flagstaff Ranger District at the above address between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays)

For more information on the project, click here:

 

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