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The National Forest Foundation and Coronado National Forest have partnered to implement forest and watershed restoration activities through a 170 acre non-commercial hand thinning effort conducted as part of the Pinaleno Ecosystem Restoration Project (PERP).
The PERP is 5,752 acre forest and watershed restoration project being implemented to improve forest health and reduce the threat of uncharacteristic fire behavior in one of Arizona’s unique “sky Island” ecosystems atop the 11,000-foot-tall Mt Graham, and within the 300 square mile Pinaleno Mountain Range. This project serves to reduce wildfire risk, enhance forest health, and to protect or enhance wildlife habitat for a variety of species including both the endangered Mexican spotted owl and Mt. Graham red squirrel.
The project area is composed of a mixed conifer overstory dominated by Douglas fir, southwestern white pine, ponderosa pine trees along with more minor occurrences of Aspen, Engelmann spruce, white fir and cork bark fir. Units are largely composed of small diameter trees with relatively high stand densities. Substantial portions of the project area burned during the 2017 Frye Fire. Most of the area burned at low intensity and most surface fuels were consumed. Several areas burned with moderate-high fire intensity and have a higher number of snags.
Responses should be emailed by Friday, October 1, 2021.
Mark Brehl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 928.853.7578