High-cost steep-slope helicopter logging is working in Williams; Flagstaff will be next

By Sean Golightly
Arizona Daily Sun
October 7, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The Bill Williams Mountain Restoration Project has successfully employed helicopter logging to thin hundreds of acres of dense forest on the mountain’s steep slopes. The project — a partnership between the Coconino County Flood Control District, the National Forest Foundation, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and the Kaibab National Forest — aims to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildlife and subsequent post-fire flooding in the town of Williams by treating more than 15,000 acres of forest in the area of Bill Williams Mountain. A Federal Emergency Management Agency study of the area reported that even a moderate monsoon rain following a wildfire could inundate the City of Williams with 6 feet of floodwater and debris that could destroy the city’s water system. The economic impact fire followed by flooding was estimated between $379 and $694 million, compared to $31 million for forest restoration.

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