You don’t have to become a member to join us on events or to participate as a volunteer on any of our projects. You can attend our board meetings, and read minutes from past board meetings. You can even be on our mailing list to receive periodic updates.
So why become a member?
You can think of it as a way to support management of your National Forest, the one that’s closest to you, where you probably like to spend time. Board members and officers of Friends are all volunteers. We have no paid employees. All of the funds donated or brought in as membership dues are used for projects on the Tonto. Projects such as planting milkweed to help in the international effort to provide habitat for migrating Monarch butterflies; mapping and removing invasive species such as buffelgrass, that carry extremely hot wildfire through the Sonoran desert, an ecosystem not adapted to wildfire; working with adjacent communities and agencies on issues that impact the Tonto, such as invasive species; improving trails and trail signage; installing interpretive signs where we have done projects; staffing booths at many events to bring awareness to the public about the Tonto National Forest and what goes on there; adoption of cultural resource interpretive sites; and various types of environmental monitoring – spring developments, water quality, permanent long-term streamside photopoints, and most recently helping to monitor recovery after the Woodbury Fire north of Superior. We search for and apply for grants to help accomplish projects on the Forest. And we have fun, working together with other people who enjoy being outdoors as much as we do!
We know there are many other charities and nonprofits asking for your donation. Our membership dues are small; membership to junior members under age 18 is free! But most of all, we’d like your participation – sign up for our mailing list to receive updates, check our website calendar for events and sign up for them, come out and spend time giving back to the Tonto National Forest! National Forests are notoriously underfunded, and they need your love and attention! And if all of this is important to you, we invite you to become a member!
Membership entitles each member to vote for board members each fall, and allows you to run for board and officer positions. Dues and donations are tax-deductible – we will send you a receipt you can use for your tax reporting.
Please note that Junior memberships only require filling out the above form and do not need to pay below.