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Thinning the Forest

Felled trees lay in the forest waiting to be processed in an area thinned as part of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project.

Coconino County and the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership will continue thinning trees on a 57-acre parcel located behind Sechrist Elementary School. The parcel, in the Lockett Ranches area, is within the area of the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project and aims to reduce the risk of wildfire and create defensible space for the students and residents in the area.

The GFFP received a $200,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management which will partly be used for the thinning of the county's parcel of land. High Desert Investment was awarded the bid and will begin removing trees on Aug. 29. The project is expected to be completed by the end of September. Cut trees will be processed into logs and chip products.

During the tree thinning, residents and students traveling in the area should anticipate heavy equipment. People are encouraged to use precautions during the time and stay out of the area until the project is completed. Trails located on the parcel will be closed until the project is completed and will be signed indicating closure.

People should expect increased traffic on Fort Valley Road due to log trucks removing material from the site. Heavy truck operations will be restricted during peak traffic hours between 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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