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Conservation | November 7, 2018

The Black Mesa Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to conduct prescribed burns within the Nagel Forest Health Prescribed Burn area if weather conditions allow from November 6, 2018, through November 16, 2018.

The burn blocks will encompass approximately 2,936 acres.

Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. This prescribed fire is a follow-up to previous mechanical treatments within parts of the units. It provides habitat diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and livestock. Prescribed burning of forest ground fuels also reduces the threat of large scale wildfire impacts to private lands.

These projects are in partnership with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to provide forest restoration and health to elk, mule deer, antelope and other wildlife species that live in the area.

(Photo source: Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests)