Massive fuel mitigation project – Payson, AZ

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on May 29, 2012

Payson Roundup
The U.S. Forest Service awards the biggest forest thinning harvest contract in history.  According to the local newspaper the Payson Roundup  Governor Jan Brewer praised the contract award, “With the destruction of last summer’s wildfires still fresh in our minds — and in light of the severe beginning to this year’s fire season — today’s news could not have come to Arizona at a better time.”  Local U.S. Forest managers hope that this large scale (approximately 300,000 acre project over 10 years) will avert the cost of conducting large scale controlled burns and hand thinning operations in an effort to reduce the wildfire risk potential of Rim Country area.  

-Hylton Haynes