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Unfortunately, no money came with that change, Schalau said.

The Prescott National Forest is now allowing property owners to remove dead trees on the forest if people believe that the trees could fall on their own property. People can call the forest's main office at 344 S. Cortez St. in Prescott to get form letters to fill out.

The Prescott National Forest has contractors cutting down dead pine trees near Prescott along Highway 89, at the Thumb Butte Day Use Area, and in the White Spar Campground. Work is scheduled to start this week on the Granite Basin Recreation Area. A project around the Dearing Park subdivision and Thumb Butte Road is ready to go.

The recreation area clearing also will help reduce the fire danger in the forest adjacent to Prescott, officials said.

Forest Service crews also are conducting brush crushing and prescribed burns on thousands of acres in the Ash Creek, Wolf Creek and Kingswood and Hassayampa subdivision areas around Prescott this winter.

"We are getting close to providing some defensible space along the south side of Prescott," forest health officer Gary Wittman said.

Forest officials also are working on Crown King and Cherry projects. They plan to crush brush and conduct prescribed burns in the Cherry area.

Crown King residents are trying to attract portable mills that can process logs on site, since logging trucks can't get up the narrow and winding main road, Wittman said, and the Forest Service is doing what it can to help.

Schalau plans to host a meeting there soon to help residents.

The Prescott Forest's application for money to spray special recreation area and campground trees with insecticide has been labeled the Forest Service's top priority for special fund money in Arizona, so officials are hopeful that the money will be available, Wittman said.

Contact Joanna Dodder at

or 445-8179, ext. 2035.

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