TDs score trees for Arizona forests

SRP to plant thousands of trees to celebrate Cardinals’ 51 TDs

Thanks to the Arizona Cardinals scoring 51 touchdowns this football season, Salt River Project will plant 5,100 trees to help restore National Forests in Arizona destroyed by fire.

For the past four seasons, SRP has pledged to fund the planting of 100 Ponderosa Pine trees for every Cardinals’ touchdown scored during regular season play to help bring awareness to its Trees for Change program.

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Forest debris to fuel

Test burn aims to accelerate forest restoration, reduce wildfires

SRP is exploring the feasibility of using forest debris as a supplemental fuel at its Coronado Generating Station (CGS) in St. Johns, Arizona, to improve the health of Arizona’s forests and watersheds.

CGS workers are scheduled to test burn more than 2,600 tons – or about 250 acres – of forest debris biomass at the plant over a 20-day period beginning in the fall or early winter.

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Wildfires impact us all

How you can help promote forest health

Just as firefighters managed to contain the Tenderfoot wildfire near Yarnell in northwest Arizona this month, the focus has turned to the growing Cedar Creek wildfire in Eastern Arizona.

This latest wildfire is raging near Show Low area, prompting evacuations in the small community of Forestdale, and preparations for the same in the surrounding communities, including Pinetop-Lakeside.

Many Valley dwellers don’t realize how much of a direct impact wildfires can have on them – from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Experts say they believe the Tenderfoot wildfire was human-caused.

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1927: Smoke on the water

The Italian military seaplane disaster that rocked Roosevelt Lake

April 6, 1927, held the promise of an epic day. A famous Italian aviator was to make the first known landing of a seaplane in Arizona, with a refueling stop at Theodore Roosevelt Lake, as the craft made its way to the West Coast.

The stopover was part of a promotional tour by the Italian government of Benito Mussolini, a fascist dictator who wanted to showcase his country’s military prowess.

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