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.
A FEW REASONS FOR JOINING
FRIENDS OF NORTHERN ARIZONA FORESTS
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 2020
After 36 years of living in Flagstaff I now realize there is no typical Flagstaff when it comes to weather or many other things. We went from an average winter snowfall season right into the driest “nonsoon” seasons in recorded history. When you add in the challenges presented by the pandemic FoNAF volunteers once again persevered and provided a wealth of volunteer hours to the Forest Service and made our forests, near and wide, much better overall.
Our desire for more project diversification and broader geographic coverage was certainly achieved as summarized below:
The grand total for all Aspen Team activities as well as individual efforts are 4206 hours, an increase of approximately 10% and a new highest total ever. More impressive is this increase does not include PSAR and Back Country Permits volunteer hours since those two programs were cancelled for 2020.
During the year we worked with archeology, wildlife, silviculture, recreation and range crews and we greatly appreciate their assistance and cooperation. While much of our work was on the Flagstaff Ranger District, we did travel to the Mogollon Rim RD several times working on tasks associated with the three infamous U. of Montana ecological research exclosures.
In spite of numerous challenges* our membership is rebounding and the aspen team is definitely getting larger. With increased team membership and mechanization through the addition of the power pounder and power winder, we’re becoming more efficient and effective. Several team members have received additional training and certification for UTV operations and this has helped on many of our tasks, especially old fence removals.
Tom Mackin, President