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Ladders Area Along the Verde River Closed to Protect Nesting Bald Eagles

The Forest Service is closing the Ladder’s bald eagle breeding area along the Verde River to the public on December 1, 2020.  The closure is expected to last through June 30, 2021 when the bald eagle nesting season ends, and fledglings are independent.  Should nest failure occur and re-nesting not be attempted, the closure will

State

Boyce Thompson Arboretum To Resume Popular Tours and Wallace Gardens Opening

Arizona’s largest botanical garden, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, is resuming its popular guided tours beginning in October 2020 with special guidelines in place. After seven months of postponement Boyce Thompson Arboretum is resuming its specialized guided tours this October which each focus on topics such as local geology, native wildlife, and the Arboretum’s significant desert plant

Wildfires

Progress Made on the Pine Fire

Location: Pine Mountain Wilderness – Verde Ranger District (T11N, R5E, SEC 35), sixteen miles east of Cordes Junction. Start Date: 07-12-20 Size: 2184 Percent Contained: 90% Cause: Lightning Vegetation: Grass, Brush, Ponderosa Pine Summary: Ground and aviation resources were able to make progress on the Pine Fire as they attempted to secure the fire’s edge.

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