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Category: Ecological Research

Title: Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project: Creating Solutions through Community Partnerships

Author: Mottek-Lucas, A.L.

Subject: Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project

Abstract: In the past two decades, communities in re-prone forests across the West have faced increased danger of cata- strophic wildres. ese wildres have been steadily growing in size and intensity, partly due to the amount of fuel built up from a century of re suppression and also driven by rising temperatures and drought. ese intense wild- res have burned homes and infrastructure as well as critical natural resources such as watersheds and wildlife habitat. However, hazardous fuel reduction projects — especially on steep slopes adjacent to communities — can be dicult and costly. Cities and towns throughout the West have been grappling with innovative ways to fund forest restoration and protect their water supplies and reduce ooding impacts. An example of one such eort is the Flagsta Watershed Protection Project, known as FWPP, in Flagsta, Arizona. e FWPP emerged from proactive civic leadership that recognized the need to overcome funding limitations and implement hazardous fuel reduction treatments in critical, at-risk watersheds. Several factors contributed to its success, among them the fear of another extreme re event in the mountains north of town. e purpose of this white paper is to convey to other communities, municipalities, and/or government agencies the administrative functions and mechanisms used by the two primary partners, the City of Flagsta (City) and the U.S. Forest Service (also referred to as USFS, the forest, the Coconino National Forest, and the National Forest), to develop and implement FWPP. e paper is designed as a case study for other entities considering a similar initiative. is case study spans the rst two years of the project (see Figure 1, page 4), from the bond election in November 2012 to December 2014. Personal interviews were conducted with key personnel from the City and the USFS. is report summarizes ndings from the interviews and information derived from review of City and USFS internal project documents. e value of this case study is two-fold. First, it is an historical account of what led to the successful passage and start-up of the FWPP. Second, it serves as a guide to the steps (Appendix A) and the mechanisms used to develop and implement a successful private/public/agency partnership. ese ndings can be used as a foundation to develop a similar initiative designed to achieve community protection through forest management.

Date: 2015

Type: ERI White papers

Source: ERI White Paper

Identifier: 28 p.

Publisher: Ecological Restoration Institute/NAU

Format: PDF

Language: English