We are a diverse, motivated group of volunteers working together toward common goals. Our members come from all age groups, walks of life, and backgrounds; each member brings unique skills and abilities, yet all share the love of being outdoors protecting and enhancing our forests.
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We're dedicated to assisting the Forest Service and other resource management agencies in maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural and cultural resources and the scenic beauty of our forest lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. We are a solution-oriented volunteer group that works in partnership with these agencies to assist in tasks they do not have the staff or the funds to accomplish.
STATE OF THE ORGANIZATION 2018
In his Annual Statement summarized below, FoNAF President Tom Mackin provided an overview of our successes and speed bumps for 2018. His remarks were made at our Annual Meeting on October 17 at the Flagstaff Ranger Station attended by FoNAF board members, members at large, and representatives from the Forest Service. He references the Aspen Team which is a specialized group of volunteers working in the field on our signature projects like fence building, removal, and modifications and informative stations at trail heads, and issuing permits:
It has been an unusual and challenging year for us due to the lack of snowfall, drought in the spring and early summer months, and then high moisture situations in late summer into fall. But in spite of these conditions, FoNAF and the Aspen Team made significant contributions overall again this year.
Tom explained that we continue to move toward more diversification in geographical and project interests beyond fences in the immediate Flagstaff forests. He acknowledged the following focus areas and the volunteer hours spent on each:
We contributed over 3563 volunteer hours this year to a variety of events and projects. The Aspen Team alone contributed 2455 hours. From an environmental perspective, the team also collected and recycled 5 tons of scrap metal.
FoNAF received two prestigious awards during 2018 for our contributions to the well being of the forests in northern Arizona and the community’s awareness of good safety practices:
The actual awards are hung in the lobby of the Flagstaff Ranger Station.
While membership is holding steady, we have a consistently high level of participation at more than 50%. These are active volunteers in our projects and community service activities. The board’s consensus was that this is a very high percentage for volunteer organization.
Tom emphasized it was another productive year for FoNAF and he is proud of our many contributions. He is very pleased with the outstanding support of the Forest Service through the efforts of Mark Nabel, Cary Thompson, Patrick McGervy, Tom Runyon, Roger Joos, Gary Hayes, and many others. Tom also recognized the Arizona Game and Fish Department for use of their tools and vehicles.
In addition to the above, new partnerships were formed with Grand Canyon Trust, Diablo Trust, Society for Range Management, and NorthernArizona Forest Fund.
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR FOR 2017
Friends of Northern Arizona Forests was chosen by the Arizona Daily Sun as their top organization for 2017. The announcement was made in their December 30, 2017 issue.
On January 9, 2018, a luncheon at Little America honored the "Male" and "Female" persons of the year as well as FoNAF, organization of the year.