The Little Things We Look At Today

Sedona Friends of the Forest volunteers have had many opportunities thru the years to do interesting and valuable work in the Red Rock District. In early 2020, prior to the full impact of Covid, a new opportunity presented itself. Discussions with several members of...

Why I Volunteer

Before retiring I had no plans to be an active volunteer. After a career in IT that concluded with a role as a Project Manager, all I wanted to do was de-stress and relax. For two years I was quite successful in this new vocation – doing as little as possible. I...

Learn the Language of Public Lands

It is not only visitors to the American West who can be confused by the multitude of categories of public lands: National Park, National Forest, National Monument, Bureau of Land Management, Wilderness Area, Wildlife Refuge, Recreation Area and more. More than half of...

Hiking Safely During COVID

During the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly during spikes in cases when stricter restrictions are in place, we lose the ability to partake in many indoor activities. Many of us instead hit the trails and enjoy the beauty and comfort of hiking in Red Rock Country....

Carving a Tree Hurts

A digital sign board greets visitors and residents traveling Highway 179 toward the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona, prominently stating: “YOUR PUBLIC LANDS, YOUR HERITAGE, RECREATE WITH RESPECT.” These words are embedded in the Leave No Trace philosophy we are...

V-V Heritage Site Has Reopened

The V-Bar-V Petroglyph site south of the Village of Oak Creek is one of the most spectacular cultural resources in all of Arizona, and perhaps in the entire Southwest. It recently reopened to the public after having been closed due to the pandemic. For the past 5...