The Nature Conservancy receives $250,000 grant from APS Foundation for forest thinning efforts in Northern Arizona.

Phoenix, Arizona | October 16, 2017

In Arizona, forest fires and declining river flows are two key concerns for people and nature – particularly in the summer months. A $250,000 grant from the APS Foundation to The Nature Conservancy will be used to address both.

Thanks to the APS Foundation grant, The Nature Conservancy will expand and accelerate its forest thinning projects in Northern Arizona, with the goals of reducing catastrophic fire risk and improving water security, quality and quantity in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino, and Verde Valley. In addition, this grant will provide for projects along the Verde River that reduce the amount of water being drawn from it.

“Forest thinning reduces the competition for water,” said Patrick J. Graham, State Director at The Nature Conservancy in Arizona. “Using this grant from the APS Foundation, we will be able to implement forest thinning efforts that will free up potentially 20% more water in the areas where the thinning takes place. This water will then be available to recharge aquifers, streams and watersheds, where it is needed by native fish and other water-dependent natural resources.”

The Nature Conservancy is also working with multiple strategic partners to reduce catastrophic fire risk in Northern Arizona, and the organization’s forest thinning projects will play a significant role in these efforts.

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