Salt River Project hosts ‘Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy’ conference

Salt River Project will  host the third annual “Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy” conference, Oct. 7-8, bringing together Arizona business leaders, government partners, scientists, researchers, the forest industry and those interested in forest health.

The program takes place at 1-5 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 8 at the DoubleTree Resort, 5401 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Among the topics to be discussed at the two-day summit:

• The success of ongoing restoration efforts, including key successes in the last year such as work on the Flagstaff and C.C. Cragin Reservoir watersheds, early success with the Northern Arizona Forest Fund and the anticipated benefits to Arizona’s natural resources;

• Arizona’s forest health and its impact on state resources, a discussion of how forests and watersheds impact the vitality of business, tourism and future growth;

• Building support for forest health projects, a look at ways to increase interest and involvement at the company and public level for forest restoration and what some organizations from across the state are already doing;

• Future threats and moving forward with restoration at an accelerated pace, an exploration of ongoing obstacles to revitalizing Arizona forests’ health and future projects.

Scheduled speakers and panelists include Mayors Greg Stanton of Phoenix and Jim Lane of Scottsdale, Coconino County Supervisor Mandy Metzger, Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney, U.S. Forest Service regional forester Cal Joyner, and keynote speaker Lin Sue Cooney, the former Channel 12 anchor who will lead a multimedia journey through Arizona’s forests and watersheds.

“Healthy Forests, Vibrant Economy” is SRP’s third annual conference to focus on securing funding for forest restoration in Arizona.

One of the conference topics will focus on the Northern Arizona Forest Fund, a recently formed partnership between SRP and the National Forest Foundation that provides an easy way for businesses and residents to invest in the lands and watersheds they depend on.

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