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Coconino County Flood Control District And Coconino National Forest Partner On Upper Rio De Flag Watershed Plan

The Coconino County Flood Control District and Coconino National Forest have released plans to designate $13 million to a forest restoration and flood prevention strategy for the Upper Rio De Flag Watershed. High-priority areas lie southwest of the San Francisco Peaks northeast of Wing Mountain. Matt McGrath, District Ranger for the Coconino National Forest says the goal for the Upper Rio De Flag area is for it to look a lot different in three years, and for him personally, a lot better. He says, “the reason we are focusing on that Upper Rio area on the west side of the Peaks is a shared priority for the city, the county and the forest service.” McGrath adds: “the strategy includes six projects targeting different woodland areas spanning between about 2,000 and 4,800 acres each to burn a total of 12,000 acres.” The projects will start as early as April and run through late next year and will utilize various fire mitigation methods to prevent the potential for catastrophic wildfire or post-fire flood risk. The Coconino County Flood District dedicated $2-million to the project with the other $11-million coming from the Coconino National Forest. On March 20th, the Coconino County Flood Control District Board plans to approve district funding, which will leverage federal funds from the U.S. Forest Service.

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Hava Herzog

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