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Prescribed Burn at Muleshoe Ranch CMA, AZ | Photo Credit: The Nature Conservative

COLLABORATION Arizona’s 2.4 million-acre 4FRI brings conservation organizations together with timber industry, state, and federal officials to find common ground to restore forest health. The TNC chapters in Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, California and others are creating a map for forestland managers to identify recovery probability areas across US western forests and New Mexico and Colorado TNC chapters have replanting projects with the National Park Service and the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribe. Trudeau contends we’re facing an extinction crisis, a climate crisis, a fire crisis, and an invasive plant crisis. Bradley remains hopeful that fire will be a restoration tool and science will build a capable workforce to restore forest health. Cautiously optimistic, Robles adds, “Addressing the climate challenge will take a multi-pronged approach including using large-scale thinning and prescribed fire to reduce carbon emissions from severe wildfires and stabilize forest carbon and resilience.” Ultimately, Woolley indicates some forest areas will recover; others may not. Science speaks through many voices. As today’s forest fire drama unfolds, we need to listen to the scientists before Mother Nature brings the curtain down.V


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