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Forest Service to speak on Ariz. thinning project

Forest Service to speak on Ariz. thinning project

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Sep 13, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service plans an announcement Friday on the contract for a massive thinning project in Arizona.
   
Pioneer Forest Products was selected in 2012 to thin 300,000 acres in four Arizona forests over 10 years. But the Montana-based company has had trouble with financing and talked to the Forest Service earlier this year about transferring its contract.
   
Pioneer's plan to build a plant near Winslow to convert the timber into things like laminate wood panels hasn't come to fruition.
   
The Forest Service says it can transfer the contract if that is in the best interest of the government.
   
The agency acknowledges the Four Forest Restoration Initiative is behind schedule. The first task order covering about 1,000 acres in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest was issued earlier this year.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.