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Knock on Wood (access required)

Environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service and politicians thought they finally had a plan for thinning the state’s forests after years of disagreement.

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Experts say decades of managing tribal forest helped stop Wallow Fire at reservation

For decades, the White Mountain Apache Tribe has cleared young trees, logged larger trees and burned underbrush to replicate the natural burn-and-growth cycle of the Ponderosa pine forest. Jonathan Brooks, tribal forest manager for the tribe, said that made it easy for firefighters to create a backfire here to deprive the approaching Wallow Fire of fuel.

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