Looks like timber from the devastating Wallow Fire will soon be sold off… or rather sold to the highest bidder. According to a story that appeared in the Eastern Arizona Courier, both small and high-value timber will soon be for sale through several small timber sales involving bidding.
The removal of the timber is part of a Wallow Burned Area Emergency Response Team project. The project involves felling burned hazard trees along major forest road corridors in order to reduce fuel loads and provide wood for local industry.
Although this effort is part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), it hasn’t stopped the introduction of the Wallow Fire Recovery and Monitoring Act, legislation introduced by Congressmen Paul Gosar, Jeff Flake, and Steve Pearce… the bill basically aims to speed up the removal of hazardous, dead and dying trees in the affected area.
Under the Act, the removal projects must be carried out within 18 months following its enactment to ensure the work is done while the resources are still salvageable.
Senator Jon Kyl recently introduced similar legislation, the Arizona Wallow Fire Recovery and Monitoring Act, in the U.S. Senate. He said the measure would help stem the delays that hampered salvage efforts after the Rodeo-Chediski Fire in 2002.