Helping the Pronghorn

Did you know that the fastest land mammal in North America lives in our area?  Pronghorns achieve speeds approaching 60 mph and they can maintain 40 mph for almost 2 miles. The only mammal faster in the world is the cheetah. Historically, there were hundreds of...

Navigating Trails to Prevent Getting Lost

Advanced planning is vital for hikes, regardless of the planned duration, difficulty, or your level of hiking experience. Here are some tips and techniques to help successfully and safely navigate hiking trails. Before hitting the trail, thorough research and planning...

Be Bear Aware

In the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness, there is a little used trail called Bear Sign. Exactly how it got its name is unclear, but anyone hiking it can make a pretty good guess. Recently, a Friends of the Forest volunteer was hiking Bear Sign and found that...

Giving Back While Having Fun

Friends of the Forest Sedona is a 30-year old all-volunteer nonprofit. Members are dedicated to maintaining, protecting and restoring the scenic beauty of the National Forest lands in the greater Sedona area. By building a partnership with the Red Rock Ranger District...
Lichens Abound in Red Rock Country

Lichens Abound in Red Rock Country

What is that fuzzy or scaly stuff that grows on rocks, trees, and even soil in our area? It is probably a lichen. Since March of 2015, Friends of the Forest member, Garry Neil, with the assistance of Janie Agyagos, Wildlife Biologist for the US Forest Service, have...

Citizen Scientists Keeping the Coconino National Forest Alive

Monitoring and caring for the wildlife, fish, and plants within the Coconino National Forest is more than a fulltime job. Red Rock Ranger District, Wildlife Biologist Janie Agyagos balances the needs of the forest by prioritizing projects and tapping into volunteers....

Happy Birthday Smokey Bear!

August 9th marks 79 years since the U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council partnered to create the living mascot that has become the worldwide symbol for wildfire prevention and education. We are celebrating Smokey’s birthday by talking about the kind of fire that even...

Leave No Trace for Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

With just under 10,000 residents and over 3 million visitors per year, it is hard to preserve and protect the beauty of the Red Rock Ranger District, Coconino National Forest. Leave No Trace, an international nonprofit focused on using the power of science, education...

Enjoying Nature’s Beauty by Looking Not Touching

There are hundreds of trails in the Coconino National Forest’s Red Rock Ranger District. Keeping them in great condition takes a lot of people and more than just grooming the trails. Written graffiti, stickers and “artwork” cairns are a real problem. Friends of the...

Keeping Dogs, Children and Yourself Safe During Hot Weather Hikes

Dogs and children are more at risk for heatstroke than adults.  When it is 90 degrees outside in Sedona, it does not feel that bad, because it is dry heat.  However, the ground temperatures are 140+ degrees.  This radiant ground heat means that dogs and children...

First Impressions Can Make a Big Difference!

Friends of the Forest Sedona is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. It supports the Forest Service with expertise and thousands of volunteer hours per year across a range of activities....