Conservation groups help pick up the slack in forest thinning

High hopes hit hard reality when the US Forest Service last year sought bidders for a 3,500-acre timber sale on the watershed of the C.C. Cragin Reservior watershed – a reservoir that supplies both Payson and Phoenix with drinking water.

Only one catch: Not a single logging company put in a bid.

Instead, the Forest Service has contracted with the Wild Turkey Federation to undertake a stewardship contract, starting with the 3,500-acre General Springs timber sale. The Forest Service hopes the Federation can find a logging company to cut the marketable trees and then use outside money to deal with the small trees and biomass. 

— White Mountain Independent