Aug 1, 2014 2:03 PM by Associated Press

Contractors ramp up for Arizona thinning project

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Contractors have their work cut out for them as they ramp up a major forest-thinning project to reduce wildfire risks in northern Arizona.

Arizona's logging industry is a shadow of its former self, and area head Steve Horner of Portland, Oregon-based The Campbell Group says it needs loggers, trucks and mills.

Campbell was brought into the Four Forest Restoration Initiative by Good Earth Power AZ LLC after the Forest Service transferred the project contract to Good Earth last year.

The project's initial phase will thin 300,000 acres, or about 469 square miles, and Horner estimates his company will need to use 300 logging trucks a day.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that community college education and training might be used to help build the skilled work force required.


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