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Welcome to the Prescott National ForestWoodchute Kiosk Dedication on February 28 has been cancelled due to weather.Rain-swelled watertank on the Chino Valley Ranger DistrictFire fighters burning piles to reduce feuls on the forest.Forest Restoration Project before and after photos, Click photo for more information.Invasive Weed of the Quarter: Tamarisk, Click photo for more information.Historic Photos of the Prescott National Forest, Click photo for more informationBear Safety: Click on the photo for more information Mexican spotted owlVolunteers in water wearing waders while monitoring fish

 

Comprised of about 1.25 million acres, the Prescott borders three other National Forests in Arizona: Kaibab, Coconino, and Tonto. Roughly half of the forest lies west of the city of Prescott, Arizona, in the Juniper, Santa Maria, Sierra Prieta, and Bradshaw Mountains. The other half of the Forest lies east of Prescott and takes in the Black Hills, Mingus Mountain, Black Mesa, and the headwaters of the Verde River.

Portions of the Prescott National Forest today are much the same as they were when Sam Miller panned for gold in Lynx Creek and was wounded by a cougar, or when General Crook's flag fluttered over Palace Station.

At the lowest elevation, the primary vegetation is of the Sonoran Desert type. As the elevation rises, chaparral becomes common, followed by piñon pine and juniper. Above that, Ponderosa pine dominates the landscape.