ARIZONA – Members of the Coconino National Forest participated in Flagstaff, Arizona’s Pride in the Pines festival on June 22, by staffing a large tent and booth where they shared information about the USDA Forest Service’s mission and projects happening across Coconino National Forest.
“Folks were very excited to see us, talk to us, and get to ask us questions,” said Estephany Campos, Flagstaff Ranger District lead interpretive ranger. “Someone even noticed and gave us kudos for our diverse group of folks working the booth. This was important for me, as I am a huge advocate for ‘representation matters’ and we did a stellar job. We also had lots of folks excited to see we partner with Latino Outdoors!”
Personnel from across Coconino National Forest and the Supervisor’s Office came together to provide all the resources, banners, educational materials and supplies for the booth so members of the LGBTQ community are aware of the important work happening on the Forest.
Pride in the Pines is an annual festival held in Flagstaff that has music acts, a dance party, food, merchandise vendors and information booths that serve all communities. The festival has taken place for more than two decades, with hundreds attending, many of whom were surprised to see representation from the Forest Service.
“I just want to share my gratitude to work at such an amazing forest,” said Campos. “It becomes clear to me every day that you all truly care about diversity and inclusivity here.”