Coconino County shores up funding for forest restoration in Flagstaff, Williams

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 3:29pm
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 3:30pm

Coconino County has approved nearly $8 million for forest restoration projects on the west side of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff and on a mountain overlooking the city of Williams.

The county’s Board of Supervisors approved $7.6 million of capital expenditures for both the Upper Rio de Flag watershed overlooking Flagstaff and Bill Williams Mountain.

The spending package comes weeks after a pair of studies found that Flagstaff could suffer as much as $3 billion in damages from a major fire on the Peaks.

A similar report in 2016 found that the economic impacts to Williams could reach $700 million. 

Federal dollars are also at play. The Forest Service will spend about $19 million to thin forests in both regions.