A 1,039-acre tree thinning and log removal project associated with the Four Forest Restoration Initiative has begun on the Kaibab National Forest west of Flagstaff.
The timber sale area is located about 11 miles north of Parks just south of Forest Road 171 and west of Kendrick Mountain Wilderness near Pumpkin Center.
As the tree cutting and removal work progresses, residents and visitors can expect to see heavy, mechanized equipment and workers in the project area and an increasing number of log trucks traveling along the haul route. Harvesting operations are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The major haul route will be from the project area south along Forest Road 141 through Parks to Interstate 40. It is possible that there could be a significant number of trucks hauling timber through this area until project completion.
Members of the public are urged to use extreme caution near timber removal and hauling operations. Besides the presence of heavy equipment and log trucks, there will also be trees being felled and stacked into log decks, which can be unstable. Visitors to the area should not camp near nor climb on them, as they often shift and have the possibility of collapse.
The objectives of the timber sale are to reduce fuel loading and the potential for future high-intensity wildfires and to improve forest health and watershed conditions.
The goal of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative is to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration within 2.4 million acres of ponderosa pine forest in northern Arizona.