Wet Seasons Don’t Fix Drought

As a hydrologist for the National Forest Service, I’m constantly evaluating the rainfall we receive. We’ve had a pretty wet fall, winter, and early spring here on the Coconino National Forest.  In fact, if you look all the way back to this past summer with its very...

Removing Graffiti on Patinated Rocks

Sedona, Arizona is well known for its beautiful red rock cliffs and spires but it’s being loved to death by its 2.5 million annual visitors.  Too often, hikers and sight-seers mark our red rocks with scratches, charcoal, and even paint, leaving an ugly mess for...

Graffiti Removal – See Something, Say Something

The “See Something, Say Something” mantra as expressed by the Law Enforcement Officers of the Forest Service is something we in the Graffiti Removal team hope that every hiker follows.   If you see graffiti when you’re hiking our trails, please report it! The Red Rock...

Friends of the Forest turns 25 years old

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Forest (FOF). For the past quarter century, FOF has partnered with the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest to help fill the gap between needs and resources. FOF has provided both...

March is Archeology Awareness Month

2019 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of Friends of the Forest (FOF).  During our first quarter century, FOF has worked diligently to help protect our Native American heritage and to introduce residents and visitors to the rich ancient cultures that...

Friends of the Forest Devised Mobile Apps

Sedona is a fragile place, but that’s exactly how it became so beautiful. Over the eons our sandstone was fractured, lifted, and eroded, creating this jewel we treasure. But that fragility can work against beauty. With people enjoying Sedona in growing numbers,...