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The number of endangered Mount Graham red squirrels in the Pinaleño Mountains near Safford has declined slightly, according to a recent survey, state wildlife officials reported. The survey — conducted jointly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Coronado National Forest, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the UA — estimated 252 squirrels, a decrease of 11 squirrels from the 2015 estimate of 263.

The UA Green Fund held an open meeting on Wednesday to review 33 pre-proposals for annual grants for next year.

The UA's first Environmental Club Fair took place on the UA Mall on Wednesday, with six clubs sharing information.

Forest die-offs — whether from drought, deforestation or invasive insects — have far-reaching ramifications that could affect plants across the country and around the globe. Dave Breshears, a professor of natural resources at the UA, served as a co-author on the study.