Volunteer Trail Maintenance Work Resumes

The 500 miles of trails in the Red Rock Ranger District have provided a welcome outlet for distanced recreation and replenishing our spirits during the past seven months. Some trail users are noticing that their favorite routes need a bit of attention since the trail...

Rare Frog Makes A Comeback

A recent routine check of a fencing exclosure in the Buckskin Hills area near Camp Verde led to excitement and a flurry of activity within the wildlife biology community. The exclosures are designed to protect riparian or other sensitive areas from livestock damage...

Friends of Forest Pioneer Preservation Technology

Sedona Friends of the Forest volunteers generally find plenty to stay busy within the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest. Although most activities are currently suspended during the national health emergency, a typical busy season occupies scores of...

Liking Lichens in Red Rock Country

Among the many local events forfeited during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” weeks was an annual event unique to the Coconino Nation Forest Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD). Since 2016, the first two weeks of May have been designated as Lichen Appreciation Week at the...

Search and Rescue Volunteers Perform Essential Work

It is not unusual for active residents and retirees in Sedona and Verde Valley communities to come across one another in multiple volunteer organizations and activity groups. The cross-feed between Friends of the Forest and the Verde Search and Rescue Posse dates to...

What is Gully Restoration?

Red Rock Ranger District Gully Restoration, a definite conversation starter. While working with the Ground Control Trail construction crew just such a conversation started, at a beautiful vista overlooking the valley below. Below is a grass covered valley extending...