Shared Stewardship on Coronado National Forest to address ecological issues,

Shared Stewardship on Coronado National Forest

to address ecological issues,

maintain Native American cultural connections

to ancestral lands

 

TUCSON, AZ, February 12, 2019 – Coronado National Forest will partner with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to conduct thinning projects and prescribed burning on southeastern Arizona’s “Sky Islands.”

 

A crew from the Fort Apache Agency will begin removing excess vegetation this week on the Sierra Vista Ranger District along the Mexican border by thinning trees and conducting prescribed burning. Thinning and prescribed burning will also be done on China Peak in the Chiricahua Mountains, on the Douglas Ranger District. Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will also partner in the project with thinning around Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon on the Santa Catalina Ranger District.

 

The work will be done to remove excess fuels that could feed a wildfire, and to improve wildlife habitat.

 

Lands across the Forest have been home to generations of Apache people. Tribal members continue to use the lands for traditional and spiritual purposes.

 

This project allows crews to work on their ancestral lands and maintain connections to places significant to their culture, while completing work that may protect the lands from catastrophic wildfire.





https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coronado/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD609703