2016 Stakeholder Report

At the beginning of each year we produce a Stakeholder Report that reports on various projects of the previous year, which gives a snapshot of the wonderful work going on across the Coconino National Forest. 

March is Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month!

Each year, Arizona celebrates its heritage with archaeology and heritage events across the state through the month of March. The Red Rock Ranger District will feature two events to demonstrate a variety of ancient technologies to help celebrate March being Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in Arizona. Activities will emphasize a better understanding and appreciation of the Native American cultures in the Southwest that have been practiced for hundreds of years.

Thank you to Troop 217 for helping keep the forest clean!

Troop 217 came up from the Valley of the Sun to the winter wonderland of Arizona's high country to camp, hike, and help clean up the forest! Lane Spencer sent us this lovely thank you note and photos of the scouts picking up trash around the forest.

No Drone Zone: Sedona Airport and Wilderness Areas

If you plan to fly your unmanned aircraft—commonly called "drones"—on or over the Coconino National Forest, you are required follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance. The FAA is the authority that regulates airspace and flights. 

Recreational flights within five miles of an airport are prohibited without prior authorization. Operating, launching, or landing a UAS in a designated Wilderness Area is illegal. 

The No Drone Zone covers most of the Sedona area, including Bell Rock, West Fork, Devils Bridge, Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, and Chapel of the Holy Cross. Get maps and information about No Drone Zone in the Sedona area.

Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund donated $100K for trail maintenance

The Red Rock Ranger District of Coconino National Forest recently received $100,000 from the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund to conduct essential maintenance on trails surrounding Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.


“It’s great having such supportive partners in the Sedona community,” said Red Rock District Ranger Nicole Branton.. “This district gets millions of visitors a year, and the trails in the area are a mecca for mountain bikers, hikers and nature lovers. Due to high use, sandy soil and intense monsoon storms, the trails require a lot of attention and maintenance—so these funds will go a long way in sustaining local trails.”

Roving Ranger Programs

Presented to you by a partnership team comprised of both National Park Service and Forest Service rangers and volunteers, the Roving Rangers provide free ranger programs that are a fun and entertaining way to learn about and experience the great outdoors with family, friend, and your neighborly park and forest rangers! Come exploring with us today!

Fossil Creek management planning

The Coconino and Tonto National Forests are developing a long-term management plan to guide future management and development of the Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River corridor. Learn about the planning project and get the details on the proposed management plan. Public comments closed January 27, 2017.

Fossil Creek: Geology In Real Time [Payson Roundup]

Fossil Creek, whose waters were diverted for nearly a 100 years to generate electricity now flows free as an officially designated Wild & Scenic River. Home for only native fish, Fossil Creek waters are once again doing what they have done for thousands of years — slowly building back the travertine deposits that formed the many terraces and pools that existed when Fossil Creek was first discovered — from which it drew its name. Article by by Greg McKelvey, geologist and president of Rim Country Camera Club appeared in the Payson Roundup on April 5, 2016

Red Rock Country Trail Maps

Heading to Sedona or Oak Creek Canyon for to hike, bike, or take the horse out for a ride? Download the new Red Rock Country trails maps! Six maps show detailed trails and recreation site information for Oak Creek Canyon and the Red Rock Country around Sedona. Plus, find recreation guides, trail descriptions, maps, and more!

Back to Nature: Potato Lake restoration and resource protection work in 2015

Learn about the efforts by the Coconino National Forest and partners to restore the damaged landscape, protect sensitive habitats, and help restore the nature around Potato Lake.

Employees pitch in to help protect Bebb's willows

During September 2015, Coconino National Forest employees from the Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim Ranger Districts rolled up their sleeves to plant Bebb's willows and make improvements to help protect Bebb's willow communities. Bebb’s willow is a sensitive species for the Coconino National Forest. These young willows were grown locally by Northern Arizona University Research Greenhouse from locally collected seed.

Walnut Canyon Special Study

January 2014 -- The U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service jointly conducted a special study to explore management options for an area of land surrounding Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Flagstaff Ranger District Proposes Major Trail Changes

November 2013 -- The Coconino National Forest plans to revamp the Dry Lake Hills and Mount Elden trail systems, and needs the public to provide information about what they value most. The goal for this project is to accommodate the needs of all users – from bicyclists to climbers to equestrians and hikers – while establishing a sustainable system of trails.

Fuels Crew 4 tackled the Climb to Conquer Cancer!

Fuels Crew 4 from the Coconino National Forest participated in the American Cancer Society fundraiser Climb to Conquer Cancer of Flagstaff on August 20, 2016. Nearly 4,000 people walked the seven-mile road to the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort.

Pedals vs. Pistons vs. Horseshoes vs. Hiking Boots 2016

Pedals vs. Pistons vs. Horseshoes vs. Hiking Boots is an annual trail work event put on each year by local recreation groups and the Coconino National Forest Flagstaff Ranger District. Hikers, mountain bikers, runners, equestrians, and motorcyclists gather for this friendly competitive event and trail work day in the Flagstaff area.

The 2016 Pedals vs. Pistons vs. Horseshoes vs. Hiking Boots was held at the western end of Secret Trail, a multi-use motorized single track trail in the Fort Valley Trail System at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. 45 volunteers enthusiastically donned hard hats and helmets, grabbed pick mattocks, and dug into trail reroutes and improvements. The work on two trail reroutes 20 drainages improved trail flow for wheeled riders and improved drainage along the trail.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!

The National Park Service celebrates 100 years of service during 2016! While you're out celebrating our local national monuments, visit some of these nearby sites on the Coconino National Forest.

If you fly, we can't! Do not interfere with wildfire fighting operations!

When you fly your remote controlled quadcopter, helicopter, or other aircraft around a wildfire, you are endangering lives and property. Your RC aircraft poses a serious danger to the emergency aircraft and firefighting crew both in the air and on the ground. When you fly, we must ground our helicopters to keep from further endangering the lives and safety of fire fighters, pilots, and everyone else in the area.

Whether you are an enthusiast or a member of the media, flying an RC aircraft around a wildfire interferes with critical emergency operations. Quadcopters being flown around a wildfire has already created situations that resulted in serious property damage.