Restricted Areas - Closed Developed Recreation Sites in The Southwestern Region

To protect public health and safety, and the health and safety of our employees and volunteers, and reflecting federal and state guidance to limit the spread of COVID-19, developed recreation sites are currently closed and group sizes are limited in other areas. 

Volunteer Camp Hosts Needed

The Black Mesa District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are seeking motivated individuals or couples to fill several host positions.

November is Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. USDA Forest Service recognizes this month because of the important relationship with Native Americans & neighboring tribes.

Congressman O'Halleran Visits Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Congressman Thomas Charles O'Halleran, a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 1st congressional district paid a visit to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Headquarters in Springerville, Arizona.

Historic Restoration Project at Pinedale

This summer the U.S. Forest Service had several volunteer organizations team up to preserve a few very unique, historic buildings designed by U.S. Forest Service architects and constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1935.

A Partnership to Protect our National Forests - G. Garnett, USFS

Our forests are very valuable. Not only are they places of beauty but, we rely on our forests for many items we need to sustain and enhance our lives. Greens Peak is located in the national forest on the Springerville Ranger District of the Apache - Sitgreaves National Forests.

Apache-Sitgreave’s Nat'l Forests’ Wins Apache-Trout Distinguished Service Award

The Forest Service’s Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests recently received the prestigious Apache Trout Conservation Award at the 10th Annual Native and Wild Trout Conference in Phoenix, Arizona April 11, 2019. The conference was attended by those interested in meeting, networking, and developing future plans to promote restoration and management of native and wild cold water fish species in Arizona and New Mexico.

Alder Prescribed Fire Creates a Resilient Landscape

Prescribed burning is key to provide forest restoration, ensure ecosystem health, and reduce wildfire hazard to provide for firefighter and public safety.

Second Knoll Target Range

Target shooting can be a fun and rewarding activity for the whole family and a great way to enjoy our public lands. As fire season progresses and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest moves into Stage II fire restrictions, opportunities for dispersed target shooting become limited. Fortunately there is a great facility for target shooting located on the National Forest that remains open despite the restrictions. Located about six miles east of Show Low, AZ on FR 206, the Second Knoll Shooting Range is operated by White Mountain Shooters Association and funded by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and their grant program. 

Rapid Assessment of New Mexico Jumping Mouse

This particular assessment was not to locate New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mice but focused on determining the presence or absence of the mouse’s habitat. It determined if vital components including, tall dense leafy vegetation were present within these areas.

Fires… What to Know Before You Visit the National Forest

For many folks, one of the highlights of visiting the national forests is enjoying a peaceful evening in front of the campfire. Before you head to the woods, however, it's important to know if you can have a fire or not. 

San Juan Fire Information and Links

The San Juan fire was reported on June 26th, 2014 on the Fort Apache agency near San Juan Flats and has since crossed over to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. Check out this feature for information about suppression and other matters related to the fire. 

Winter Sports on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Snow in Arizona? . . . You bet, the mountains of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) receive enough snow for many winter activities. These include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and winter camping.

Apache-Sitgreaves Fuel Treatments, White Mtn. Stewardship, & the San Juan Fire

White Mountain Stewardship Project (WMS) and wildlife habitat treatments aid in moderating fire behavior on the San Juan fire. In addition to the Coon Mountain prescribed fire, completed in November of 2012, also assisted firefighters in controlling the San Juan Fire by reducing hazardous fuels and removing decadent brush. Funding and support where provided by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Habitat Partnership committee. The Burn was completed by fire personnel from the Springerville, Alpine, and Lakeside Ranger Districts. 

Heber Wild Horse Territory in Heber-Overgaard

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests have re-started the process of developing a management plan for the Heber Wild Horse Territory in Heber-Overgaard, Arizona.


The 'Frequently Asked Questions' document is currently being updated and will be posted as soon as it is finished. 

Earth Day 2019 at Ramsey Park

Springerville Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests planned an Earth Day Event April 27, 2019 at Ramsey Park in Eagar, Arizona.

Hulsey Lake Restoration

In past years, four-acre Hulsey Lake had been a favorite fishing spot not only for many locals but visitors as well. The Wallow Fire changed that in 2011. 

Water Tank Escape Ramp

Using volunteer resources to help build, paint, and install water tank escape ramps. The welding department from St. Johns, Northland Pioneer College, recently built 88 wildlife escape ladders which will be used on the Springerville and Alpine Ranger Districts. 

White Mountain Stewardship Project's Multi-Party Monitoring Board

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and the White Mountain Stewardship Project's Multi-Party Monitoring Board are pleased to share with stakeholders this report entitled "Evaluating the Impacts of Forest Treatments: The First Five Years of the White Mountain Stewardship Project."

About Our New Website

A new look ~ but that's not all! Our new website is part of a Forest Service-wide effort to move all National Forest websites into this new format. It's a big project! When the move is done, National Forest websites across the country will have a common look and feel as well as organization. This consistency will make it easier for you to find what you're looking for as you travel from one Forest website to the next. Plus, the technology behind the websites will increase our ability to grow our sites to meet your information needs. Even though we are now "live" in the new Forest Service website, we are still moving content from our big old site into this big new website. We've tried to tune our continuing migration work to match your needs.