Fort Tuthill Thinning Project
Coconino County Parks & Recreation is conducting a forest thinning project in Fort Tuthill County Park to increase forest health, to improve public safety and to reduce wildfire risk. Removal will be by hand and mechanical thinning.
The Fort Tuthill Thinning Project is a collaborative effort between Coconino County, Arizona Department of Forestry & Fire Management, Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, U.S. Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Arizona Game & Fish Department, Northern Arizona University Ecological Restoration Institute, and the City of Flagstaff.
September 15: Out of the approximately 220 acres that was contracted for the Fort Tuthill Forest Thinning Project, approximately 50 acres remain for mechanical thinning. Huge slash piles are left behind from the mechanical thinning process, and Perkins Harvesting is chipping the slash piles, with materials from the chipping being re-purposed into decorative wood chips for gardens and landscaping. A portion of the Soldiers Trail remains closed to users, however the Bridge Trail is open; see the map below.
NAU Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) Demonstration Area. CCPR has been alerting the public to partial trail closures via social media and signage at trail junctures. The project is slated to be completed by December.
Recently felled trees in the NAU ERI Demonstration Area, as part of Fort Tuthill Thinning Project.
Hand thinning at the Fort Tuthill Archery Range began this week, and the range will be closed Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22 from 6:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience and remind archery range members that they can use the range after 3:30 p.m. on these days.
August 8: Beginning August 8, the thinning project at Fort Tuthill County Park moves to another section of the park. Below are two maps that show immediate trail closures, that will remain closed for approximately two weeks. Visit our Facebook page for more updates.
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July 24: Work on the Fort Tuthill Thinning Project begins Monday, July 24. As part of the thinning near the archery range on Monday, sections of Soldiers Trail and the entire Bridge Trail will be closed for approximately one week. Staff will place trail closure signs at specific points on the trails so users are aware and can plan their outing accordingly. Please check out the map below that shows locations of the immediate trail closures.
Map and Project Information
Read the press release (PDF)
Download the information brochure, includes a project map (PDF, 700 KB)
Want to learn more?
Northern Arizona University's Ecological Restoration Institute provides background information and fact sheets on forest restoration and more. Check out the following:
- Restoring Ponderosa Pine Forests of the Intermountain West: An Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Forest Restoration Treatments and Fire Behavior (PDF)
- Restoring the Ecological and Social Integrity of Western Forests (PDF)
- Understanding Fire and Fire Behavior (PDF)