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September 20-22, 2016

A great opportunity to spend some time in this remote wilderness area and help improve the experience for others.   Join John Matteson along with other volunteers, installing new signs in key locatons.  Contact John at for more details and to sign-up.

Have a frustrating work week?  Need to beat on something?


Join us in the cool mountains east of Payson, killing invasive bull thistle plants!

Friends of the Tonto will be working with the Payson District volunteer group on Friday, August 26, to remove a patch of invasive thistle from a wooded area near Tonto Village, just north of Highway 260 and east of Payson.  If you’d like to join in the thistle demolition, show up at the Payson District office at 9:00 AM on Friday.  We’ll drive up to the work site together.  The road is all paved except for the last part which is a good dirt road suitable for cars.  Wear boots, long sleeves, long pants and bring leather gloves.  Those thistle are very spiny!  Also bring water.  We’ll work about ½ day.  If you want to bring your own tools, we are using short-handled clippers, like rose clippers, and shovels.  If you plan to come, please send an e-mail to:, so we know to expect you at the Ranger Station.  Address is 1009 E. Highway 260    East side of Payson, south side of 260.

Thank You to the crew completing this project

Pictures here.

Water Development Inventory Project on the Cave Creek Ranger District

Do you like to hike or ride on the Tonto National Forest?

Would you be interested in having a mission on your hikes/rides?

Click here for details

Friends of the Tonto are now in the planning phase for next seasons activities.

We will be working with the Forest Service to identify their needs, and evaluating activities/projects that match our volunteer interest and capabilities. If you have an interest in volunteering as an individual, or with a group let us know, and watch here for new event schedules.

2016 Riparian Photopoint Season


To all the volunteers that made this season a success.

With all your help, we were able to visit more sites than originally planned.

“Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest in its critical mission of natural and cultural resource management. We promote public understanding of the Tonto National Forest’s policies, programs and projects through community outreach, projects and outings.”

Friends of the Tonto National Forest  4022 E. Greenway Road  Suite 11 Box 348  Phoenix, AZ  85032