Friends of Northern Arizona Forests

Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) 

PSAR Program Overview

Friends of Northern Arizona Forests partners with the Forest Service to provide a Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) program on the Kachina Peaks Wilderness.  The program is modeled after the popular and successful PSAR program at the Grand Canyon National Park. Volunteers will be present at popular trailheads like the Humphreys Trail and Kachina Trail during peak use periods such as weekends and holidays. 

They provide information such as proper gear to be worn, recognizing altitude sickness, staying hydrated, bringing food, and lightning/weather awareness.  Volunteers will also provide general information about the area including less challenging alternative trails, general Wilderness information and Leave No Trace ethics.  If you love to hike and like to engage and educate people, please consider volunteering.


PSAR at the Trailhead

Informational material about the trail is made available to hikers by the volunteers.  An important responsibility of the volunteer is to identify hikers that may not be adequately prepared for the hike, e.g. boots, water, rain gear, and most of all, knowledge of the trail's characteristics.  

Materials included for volunteers to carry out their mission is a table, pop-up tent, chairs, Leave No Trace (LNT) interactive display and box containing informational signage, hand counter, walkie-talkies, and volunteer vests and name tags. 

There is a 3 panel kiosk at the trailhead.  The PSAR table was setup just to the left of the kiosk.  Positioning of the table enabled volunteers to easily speak to hikers about information available at the table as well as in the kiosk.  The table positioning, however also allowed hikers, who choose to do so, to walk by the table at a distance of 20 feet or more and avoid engagement with the volunteers.

PSAR Volunteers

Volunteers are a key component to enabling the PSAR program.  Finding, training and keeping good volunteers is an important activity in the PSAR program.  Volunteers need a passion for the wilderness and truly care about the people who want to experience the trail.  

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:

Report to Forest Service on 2015 PSAR 

A full report was made to the Forest Service on the results of the inaugural year for the PSAR program.  It provides a detailed overview of this FoNAF volunteer based effort, including hiker observations and statistical results at the trail head.  To see the entire report, click on the link below.

Coconino NF - PSAR 2015 Summary ver 1 (7).pdf

Video on the PSAR program  

The NAU School of Forestry produced the following video on PSAR's first year in operation.  NOTE: loading the video takes at least a minute to complete. Be patient.


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