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Sinema seeks proposals for forest thinning

SAUL A. FLORES, News WestMarch 13, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema has issued to the United States Forest Service a request for proposals to thin National Forest Service land in Arizona.

Forest thinning is when some plants or parts of plants are removed to make room for the growth of others. It also may be done to increase the resistance of environmental stress such as drought, insect infestation, extreme temperature or wildfire.

In a prepared statement, Sinema said that she is dissatisfied by the Forest Service’s progress in achieving the original goals of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, which includes mechanically restoring 1 million acres of national forest lands in Arizona to their natural, fire-resilient state.

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