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Dead Trees Along Highway 89 Could Be Removed Soon To Avoid A Hazard

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The Coconino National Forest is looking over a proposal that would remove more than 16-hundred dead and dying trees located along Highway 89 in the recent Pipeline and Tunnel fire burn areas. The proposal would grant ADOT the use of heavy equipment to cut and remove the trees, because they are hazardous and are located within falling distance of the highway. Officials say the highway sees about eight-thousand vehicles a day and the area is prone to high winds. Removed trees would be disposed by chipping and scattering, however salvageable wood would be used as part of the Wood for Life program, which supplies firewood to local and vulnerable tribal communities. For more information about the project, head to the Coconino National Forest’s website and look for “Managing The Land.” Forest officials are asking for public comment on the project. Comments can be emailed to comments-southwestern-coconino@usda.gov by July 28th.