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

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“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.”

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.


We have scheduled two training sessions at the Mesa Fire Station #218 Community Room, 845 N. Alma School Road.  Times are 7-9 PM on Monday March 19 or 7-9 PM on Friday March 23rd.

2018 Sears-Kay Ruin Open House

Presented by

Cave Creek District of the Tonto National Forest


Friends of the Tonto National Forest

Click here for more details

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

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.

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