The Tonto National Forest has completed an environmental analysis to control a list of 68 invasive plants that are either known to grow on the Forest or have been documented nearby and could easily move onto the Forest. The decision that came from this analysis was to control invasive plants using “integrated vegetation management”, which is a term for the complete toolbox of methods that have been documented to be effective in weed treatment.
Friends of the Tonto NF recognizes the Tonto National Forest’s invasive species management program as an opportunity for us to provide much-needed assistance and funding, and have a positive effect on ecosystems from the Sonoran desert to streamside areas, to Ponderosa Pine communities along the Mogollon Rim.
Friends of the Tonto NF is working with local organizations to plan invasive plant removal projects. We have completed projects and are planning more with Lost Dutchman State Park, Usery Mountain Regional Park, Superstition Area Land Trust and Superstition High School. If you have a group that would be interested in making a difference please contact us.
Fountain and Buffel grasses threatens both the Tonto NF and neighboring areas.
Please register for one or more of these projects
Buffel and Fountain Grass Free Zone
You can make a difference.
Tonto National Forest and Friends of the Tonto in partnership with Lost Dutchman State Park have declared a fountain and buffel grass free zone at the foothills of the
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Buffel Grass Removal at Usery Mountain Regional Park
Friends of the Tonto and Usery Mountain Regional Park are seeking help removing a small amount of buffel grass in Tonto National Forest along the Wind Cave trail. By removing the invasive grass now, we expect to prevent the spread of this fast moving grass.
Register on this page to show your interest.
Meet at the Nature Center at the park entrance off Usery Road at 8:00 AM
To view up to date map of identified locations of select invasive including buffel and fountain grass infestations click here.
You can help gather data for this map using your smartphone and the Collector App.
For more information see the
Instructions for Volunteers Performing Field Work
Volunteers need to wear long pants, closed footwear and sun protection. Bring sufficient water for approx. 4 hours of activity. There will be a brief review of the safety requirements at the staging area along with a sign-in sheet acknowledging understanding of the safety rules. Anyone under 18 years old must have parental permission.
Fountain grass - Siphon Draw
Buffel grass near Prospector trail
Friends of the Tonto National Forest 4022 E. Greenway Road Suite 11 Box 348 Phoenix, AZ 85032