Logging projects for two separate timber contracts have started in popular areas north of Flagstaff that will help reduce the risk of catastrophic fires within the community and overall benefit the health of the forest. The Dry Lake Hills contract began this week near Schultz Pass Road near Dry Lake Hills, just five miles north of downtown Flagstaff. This project will reduce the risk of wildfire and flooding and is expected to be finished by the fall of 2023. The Little Springs contract is roughly 13 miles north of Flagstaff, and will help thin out the ecosystem to reduce densities and overstocked stands of trees. This project will also reduce wildfire risk to the area of White Horse Park and the San Francisco Peaks, and is expected to be finished by February of 2024. Hikers and visitors are advised to use caution when in these areas as heavy machinery will be in use. Both projects will be put on a hold from March 1st to August 30th due to seasonal restrictions.