Creating a Sustainable Forest in the White Mountains

Gary Moore, director of operations for Forest Energy Corporation, says that the eastern Arizona-based company was able to invest in small diameter-wood processing equipment because of the assurance of a 10-year wood supply, thanks to the White Mountain Stewardship Project.

Small diameter wood cut as part of the White Mountain Stewardship Project is used to make pallets, custom beams, posts and poles and biomass material.

Some trees thinned in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest are loaded onto trucks to deliver to Forest Energy Corporation in Show Low and other local wood processers.

Some small-diameter trees are chipped on-site in the forest and delivered to the Show Low, Arizona-based Forest Energy Corporation, where it is processed into pellets for wood-burning stoves.

The northern goshawk is one of the largest birds of prey in the White Mountains. As part of the White Mountain Stewardship Project, biologists are assessing how thinning treatments affect the habitat of this raptor.

Biologists are studying the impacts of the White Mountain Stewardship Project on this forest-dwelling species, the red squirrel.

Ed Collins, district ranger for the U.S. Forest Service, shows a thinned area in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Part of the thinning involved opening up meadow-like conditions and maintaining groups of trees to benefit wildlife.

Beavers have built a dam on a stream in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona. Beavers provide beneficial services such as creating ponds that act as a natural system for cleansing water and slowing it, creating habitat for other wildlife.

A year of good rains brought green to this meadow in the White Mountains.


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