Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization

Please help fund our projects with the Donate button below.  Thanks!


“Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a group of volunteers who assist the Forest Service 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.”


2018 Monarch/Milkweed Planting Project

November 16 & 17, 2018 7:30 AM

Tonto National Forest

Cave Creek Ranger District

40202 N. Cave Creek Rd.


Join Friends of the Tonto and other volunteers as we create

Monarch Butterfly Waystations


Click here for details and registration


Thanks SRP!!


Friends of the Tonto would like to give a big thanks to SRP and its employees.  For three years now, SRP volunteers have been major participants in our spring riparian photopoint program.  Jen Martyn, SRP Volunteer Coordinator, has taken an active role in putting on training at SRP and giving out and collecting the photo packets from volunteers.  In 2018 we had a happy surprise when Jen issued us a check from SRP for $500.  Two SRP employees who have participated in the program since we first began partnering with SRP, Jerry Bicknell and Derek Sicher, applied for SRP’s “Dollars for Doers” program.  Their service hours were rewarded by SRP contributing to the organization of their choice.


Thank you SRP, Jen Martyn, Jerry Bicknell and Derek Sicher, and all the other employees who have taken so many riparian area photos for us these past few years!  We look forward to many more years of partnering in resource management projects on the Tonto!


Click here for more Riparian Photopoint details


Riparian Photopoint Program


This project has a history of 30 years -- the first Riparian Specialist hired by the Tonto National Forest knew the value of repeat photography in documenting resource conditions. He had the foresight to initiate a riparian photopoint progam in 1988 -- finding important reaches of streamside vegetation and taking clear photographs of the vegetation and streambanks, annually if possible, at the same exact sites each year.


The program has now been passed to the Friends of the Tonto National Forest.  We hope to continue the program with the same attention to quality that riparian specialists and long-time volunteers on the Forest have had.


The photopoint season is from mid-April to June..   And we need volunteers!  You don’t need a special camera, you can even use your smart phone.


             You can help Friends of the    Tonto National Forest

             when you shop for groceries!


We are now on Fry’s list of reviewed and accepted nonprofits eligible for Fry's Community Rewards Program.  If you shop at Fry’s, link your VIP card to Friends of the Tonto National Forest.  Here’s how:


Go to the website, click on “Savings and Rewards”, then “Fry’s Community Rewards Program”.


Enter your VIP card number, and select organization #QY842.

Thank You!


Sears-Kay Ruin


Friends of the Tonto NF have signed an

agreement to adopt the Sears-Kay

Archaeological and Recreation Site on the Cave Creek Ranger District.

More details coming soon.

You can register here to receive updates.

Photos from March 11, 2017 Sears-Kay Ruin Open House with Scott Wood retired Archaeologist leading tours of the site.


Invasive Grasses in and near the Tonto National Forest

To participate in eradication efforts and to see an interactive map of invasive plants that are threatening the desert's native plants including the iconic saguaro click on the link below.

Monthly Meetings

Friends of the Tonto National Forest holds monthly board meetings that are open to all members.  Please refer to the events calendar for details.

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