You can help restore the damage from the Schultz Fire

If you live in or around Flagstaff, that is.

From the Coconino National Forest:

Flagstaff, AZ – The Flagstaff Ranger District is happy to announce the completion of the planning process for the Schultz Fire Long-Term Rehabilitation Projects on the Coconino National Forest. These projects will improve public safety in the areas affected by the Schultz Fire as well as address the long-term recovery needs of forest resources.

Rehabilitation efforts will include reconstructing and maintaining forest roads and trails, removing hazard trees, stabilizing cultural and recreational sites such as Bonito Amphitheater, promoting revegetation through planting and protection efforts, and constructing the Copeland Canal fence. Implementation on some projects will begin this spring and will continue over the next few years.

The public can anticipate opportunities to help with some of those recovery efforts, beginning with the Copeland Canal fence. “Now that we’re through with the planning portion, and we can focus on implementing the projects, we’ll be looking for ways to include the community,” says Mike Elson, Flagstaff District Ranger. “The first opportunity for the public to help is just around the corner. April 9 and 10, we’re seeking volunteers to help construct a fence around the Copeland Canal behind Fernwood.” The completion of the fence will allow the Forest Service to move forward with lifting the closure in the area.  Other opportunities to volunteer in the more distant future may include trail reconstruction and replanting in portions of the burn area.
Crews and volunteers will be building approximately 3 miles of fence which will provide a buffer around the canal to help the public to remain at a safe distance, as well as protect the banks of the ditch from damage and reduced capacity.
“Since the Schultz Fire, we have received lots of offers from the public to help with the recovery efforts,” says Elson. “We’re looking forward to working with community members on a project that will help us reopen the forest for public use.”

Who: Anyone eager to help with Schultz Flood recovery efforts. Participants of all ages are welcome, but minors need to be accompanied by an adult.
When: Saturday April 9 & Sunday April 10; 9:00a.m. – early afternoon
Where: Copeland Canal behind the Fernwood neighborhood.
What to Bring: Sturdy shoes, gloves, sunscreen, appropriate attire for the weather, plenty of water, and your lunch.
RSVP: All those planning to attend should RSVP to Justin Loxley or Brienne Magee at the Flagstaff Ranger Station, 928-526-0866.

This fence is part of the Schultz Long-Term Rehabilitation Projects. These long-term rehab projects – which also include preparing roads and trails for safe public use and replanting in some portions of the burn area – are separate from the ongoing burn and flood emergency response efforts.

Continued Burned Area Emergency Response efforts will take place this spring and summer; an assessment in the spring will determine the effectiveness of the previous aerial seeding and mulching, as well as the need for further measures.
For more information on the Long Term Rehabilitation Projects, visit the website at or contact the Flagstaff Ranger District at 928-527-0866.

For additional information on the upcoming Copeland Canal Volunteer Weekend, or to RSVP, please contact Justin Loxley or Brienne Magee at the above number.

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