Natural Resources

Friends of the Tonto supports the Forest Service in their role of managing the many Natural Resources of the Tonto NF. 

Join us,  we have an opportunity for you!

Riparian Photopoint Project

The Riparian Photopoint project monitors the changing status of many riparian areas. Volunteers experience the satisfaction of helping while visiting unique areas of the Forest. 

Monarch Butterfly Habitat Restoration

A multi-national effort to restore Monarch butterfly habitat by planting milkweed has given great pleasure to groups, families, and people of all ages. 

Non-native Plant Removal

Learning to identify and map the locations of non-native plants and participating in removal projects are more activities that provide a sense of accomplishment for many clubs, students and community members. 

Cultural Resources

Cultural Resources are the collective heritage of the Nation. The Tonto National Forest is particularly rich in cultural resources. There are thousands of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites on the Forest. The oldest sites stretch back nearly 12,000 years into the past. Friends has the experience and expertise to assist the Forest in its mission to protect and manage these fascinating and important resources. Friends provides archaeological survey and site recording, ruin stabilization, and maintenance of interpretive sites.

In its educational role, Friends provides public interpretation of these sites. Every spring Friends offers a free guided tour at our Sears-Kay Ruin Open House.

Projects with Partners

Friends is participating in restoring Arnett Creek, a multi-year project lead by Wild Arizona.

The Tonto National Forest is looking for some volunteers to help control an infestation of non-native bullfrogs at an earthen reservoir near Young, AZ. Details may be found here.

Propose a Project for Friends

Suggest a project for Friends to do on the Tonto.  First, use this Project Proposal Form to tell us your ideas. Next, attend a board meeting to discuss your proposal with the board. Board meetings are open to everyone.  They are held the 4th Monday of the month from 6 to 8 PM, via Zoom.  Call Patti at 602-432-4944 to request an invitation.