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Apache County crews thin the forest near Greer in this 2012 photo, by cutting down small trees and low-hanging limbs. Experts say forest management like this is one key to preventing wildfires – and the goal of a House bill that critics called a ‘giveaway’ to the logging industry.

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Forest bill aimed at cutting wildfires called ‘giveaway’ to loggers

A divided House Nov. 1 approved a bill that supporters said would boost wildfire prevention efforts, in part by excluding forests from environmental requirements.