Friends of the Tonto is playing a key role in supporting the Forest Service with their role of managing the many Natural Resources of the Tonto NF. The Riparian Photopoint project monitors the changing status of many riparian areas and gives volunteers the satisfaction of helping while visiting unique areas of the Forest. A multi-national effort to restore Monarch butterfly habitat by planting milkweed has given great pleasure to groups, families and people of all ages. Educating clubs, students and communities on the threats of Non-Native Plants along with learning to identify and map their locations and participating in removal projects are more activities that provide a sense of accomplishment for many. Join us and our volunteers. We are sure to have an opportunity for you.
Cultural Resources represent the collective heritage of the Nation. The Tonto National Forest has a particularly rich cultural heritage with thousands of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites stretching back nearly 12,000 years into the past. FOTNF has the experience and expertise to assist the Forest in its mission to protect and manage these fascinating and important resources by providing such services as archaeological survey and site recording, ruin stabilization, and maintenance of interpretive sites. In its educational role, FOTNF is also able to assist the Forest in providing public interpretation of these sites, such as the guided tour offered free to the public every year at our Sears-Kay Ruin Open House.