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Good Earth Power Arizona To Increase Healthy Forest Thinning

New leadership overseeing a portion of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI, promises to aggressively increase thinning operations by this time next year. 

The newly changed leadership team of Good Earth Power Arizona (GEPA) has set a goal to thin 15,000 acres of forest by May 2018. Before taking over management for the Northern Arizona branch of the program, the agency was averaging only 2,400 acres annually.

Leadership at GEPA changed six months ago following a lawsuit settlement in 2016 with Portland contractor Campbell Global. 

GEPA has the largest contract under the U.S. Department of Agriculture project.

It manages the thinning and restoring of 300,000 acres of federal wild land in the Coconino National forest.

The land is part of the 4FRI region, which includes a total of 2.4 million acres slated for restoration over the next five years. The Kaibab, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves forests make up the remaining regions under the federal Four Forest Restoration program.

GEPA’s CEO Bill Dyer said they also have plans to invest more than $100 million converting the closed Lumberjack Mill in Heber into a sustainable operation in composting. 

Dyer said a name change may come soon for GEPA, to help put the company’s history prior to the new team behind them.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.