Environment

The Huachuca Mountains
The Sky Island Alliance says it is looking for volunteers to help the Forest Service decommission some of its roads in southern Arizona.
Oct. 24, 2023
downtown tucson
The Tucson City Council has approved a plan laid out by municipal authorities to secure drinking water for residents in the coming years.
Oct. 23, 2023
Arizona and the Western United States have struggled with big wildfires in recent years. Mexico’s ecosystem is similar to Arizona’s, but an Northern Arizona University researcher says it has not had a problem with large blazes in its ponderosa forests.
Oct. 23, 2023
The Diamond Fire doubles overnight
Arizona is one of a handful of states that a new report says is most at risk of carbon loss due to wildfires.
Oct. 23, 2023
Three people move brush and limbs in the forest
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says wildfire dangers still persist in Arizona.
Oct. 21, 2023
Southern Arizona is known for its scenic landscapes, diverse ecosystems and dark night skies. But conservationists say that those skies could be blotted out by a system of stadium lights on the border.
Oct. 17, 2023
Construction crews work to erect levee wall system in a remote area south of Weslaco
More than 100 groups have signed a petition asking the government to follow environmental laws on the border.
Oct. 16, 2023
Signs for buffalo crossings scatter along the edge of State Route 67 heading toward the North Rim.
Tribes from Arizona and beyond — all of whom are indelibly connected to these iconic symbols of the West — are helping sustainably manage the state’s oldest and largest free-ranging buffalo herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
More tribal natural resources stories
Oct. 16, 2023
Ken Burns shooting "The American Buffalo."
Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his latest PBS project, "The American Buffalo," with KJZZ News in an in-depth conversation about this iconic species and the Indigenous communities that share a traumatically intertwined history spanning hundreds of generations on this continent.
Oct. 15, 2023
Site of the Eighth Street archaeological discovery
An archaeological investigation of a 1,200-year-old site yielded the discovery of a 14th century adobe building along Eighth Street in Tempe. The finding caused the city to delay its bike and pedestrian project.
Oct. 14, 2023
Downtown Safford
La Paz County and Safford will collectively get more than $4.3 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 10, 2023
President Joe Biden
The Biden administration is waiving more than two dozen environmental protection laws to build a steel bollard wall and roads along almost 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Arizona lawmakers and advocates are calling on him to reverse course.
Oct. 10, 2023
A team from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has rediscovered a half-dozen agave species that have remained unchanged since before Europeans arrived in the Southwest — and perhaps far longer.
Oct. 6, 2023
Recycling container
According to the Salt River Fire Department, the fire is no longer burning, but green waste, such as lumber, grass and plants, continues to smolder.
Oct. 2, 2023
summer cactus
A red-flag warning has been issued for much of Arizona. The National Weather Service in Phoenix says peak wind gusts will reach 30 to 40 miles per hour in the lower deserts. Higher terrain will see even stronger winds.
Sep. 30, 2023
tree stump
Scientists were unsure for decades whether to believe data suggesting that shallow faults near Seattle had ruptured together or in close succession. Now, the University of Arizona-led research of tree rings has confirmed one or more major earthquakes occurred in the region 11 centuries ago this winter.
Sep. 29, 2023
Gilbert water tower
Gilbert is collaborating with nonprofit Local First Arizona to promote sustainability efforts. Businesses and nonprofits in the town will be encouraged to take actions that reduce water use and minimize waste.
Sep. 29, 2023
Colorful signs are staked inside NATIVE HEALTH's 1,700-square foot traditional garden along West Pierson Street.
Years after the Interior Department displaced a traditional garden from a blight-infested site, NATIVE HEALTH of Phoenix hasn't forgotten about its roots.
More tribal natural resoures stories
Sep. 28, 2023
Trail cameras set up by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have caught images of a wild jaguar twice this year. The federal agency’s database shows two sightings from 2023 — both in the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona.
Sep. 28, 2023
shade and trees
Phoenix recently got a $10 million grant from the U.S. Forest Service. The money will go toward planting trees in underserved communities across the city. The Show spoke with Phoenix’s urban tree program manager about the effort.
Sep. 27, 2023

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