About Friends of the Forest Sedona

Who We Are

Friends of the Forest, Inc. is dedicated to assisting the U.S. Forest Service in maintaining, protecting and restoring the scenic beauty and natural and cultural resources of forest lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. The objective of the nonprofit, volunteer group is to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service in tasks it does not have the manpower or the funds to accomplish on its own.


Friends of the Forest is a unique organization that was formed in 1994 as a result of the Sedona Forum entitled Building Partnerships with the National Forest. We are non-profit and non-political. We are dedicated, we have fun, and we are goal oriented. We give to the forest and the community in energetic ways. Simply, we get things done! About one-third of our members live in the Sedona area and actively give of their time. Others are not able to personally participate but their membership dues and donations are vital in helping us to underwrite projects on the Red Rock Ranger District.

Primary Goals

Friends of the Forest provides the Red Rock Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service with thousands of hours of volunteer services annually. Our primary goals are: 

  • Help the Forest Service maintain its trails and cultural resources
  • Reduce the environmental damage caused by increasing human impact
  • Assist in education and improve communication with the community
  • Enhance the forest experience for visitors and residents alike

Friends of the Forest, Inc. is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

To view a 3 minute video that highlights who we are and what we do, click the button at the bottom.