Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership wins national wildfire mitigation award

Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership wins national wildfire mitigation award

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2015 FILE PHOTO -- Plain white mess halls, constructed around 1930, line the perimeter of the quad area of Fort Tuthill County Park. In a conceptual design for the renovation of the quad area, the county is proposing to landscape and plant trees in the spaces between the mess halls to provide shade for attendees of various events. 

The Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership won the highest honor that recognizes the work and program impact the partnership has in wildfire preparedness and mitigation on Wednesday, according to a release.

The 2019 Wildfire Mitigation Award was given by the National Association of State Foresters, National Fire Protection Association, USDA Forest Service and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. 

"By honoring the GFFP, the award sponsors see the partnership as an exemplary model that others can learn from and transmit in their communities," Anne Mottek, spokeswoman for the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, wrote in the release.

The award is given for the outstanding wildfire mitigation programs and projects that are increasing communities' preparedness and protecting their values across the nation.

Accomplishments that were noted in the award were the Fort Tuthill Park Thinning Project and two education kiosks located in the park.

"The park is especially vulnerable to severe wildfire because it is located within Flagstaff's main fire vector," Mottek wrote in the release. "It is directly adjacent to homes, and is a highly used recreational area."

The project included on-the-ground forest treatments and required multiple partnership organizations to develop forest treatment prescriptions and new technologies that improved efficiency and lowered costs.

Educational kiosks provide opportunities for public education and outreach to thousands of visitors and is a learning laboratory for forestry professionals, political leaders and professors and students from Northern Arizona University.

Members of the partnership traveled to accept the award Wednesday at the Wildland-Urban Interface Conference in Reno, Nevada. The partnership will also be recognized at the joint Flagstaff City Council, Coconino County Supervisors meeting on April 1 at 4 p.m.


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