Resolution Copper Timeline

Due to an increase in inquiries regarding Resolution Copper and Oak Flat, we have a summary page with links to all the information for easier access. View the up-to-date statement and project links.

Lab results tested positive for Strangles in some Salt River Horses

On 9/18/19, the Arizona Department of Agriculture received the results of a swab taken from a Salt River horse that has tested positive for Strangles. 

Travel Management Plan - Released Draft SEIS

Final Record of Decision Signed
Tonto National Forest officials signed the Final Record of Decision for the forest’s Travel Management Plan on October 5, 2021.

Celebrating 75 Years of a Beloved Fire-Prevention Icon

Here in the Southwestern Region, we feel a particularly close connection to Smokey Bear and his message of fire-prevention. We are the home of the orphaned black bear cub that would become a living symbol. While we celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear as an integral part of the nation’s popular culture, let’s take a look back at his captivating story!

Vast Majority of the Tonto National Forest Available to Visitors

The vast majority of the Tonto National Forest is available to visitors who want to spend time outdoors.  Recreation opportunities on the forest include hiking and biking on trails, dispersed camping and other activities that support social distancing and small groups

Court ApprovesĀ Stipulation to Modify Injunction for Certain Activities

Updated: July 23, 2020

On October 23 the court issued an order approving the recently filed stipulation to modify the ongoing court-ordered injunction, allowing select timber management activities to resume. These activities include the cutting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, personal Christmas tree cutting, the cutting of personal use forest products such as vigas and latillas, special product collection by tribes for ceremonial purposes, and the cutting of certain hazard trees.

We continue to extend our gratitude to our state and federal partners and countless community leaders for their continued support. We are committed to being as open and transparent as possible in notifying interested groups and individuals when we take steps aimed at alleviating the stressors of the recent court-ordered injunction.

Selected stream corridors remain closed to protect sensitive riparian areas

On April 22, 2019, select stream corridors on the Payson Ranger District were closed to camping and off-highway vehicle use to protect these areas, including sensitive riparian areas,  from resource damage.  These areas remain closed to these activities until April 21, 2024. 

Protecting Public Health and Safety - Restricted Access and Activities

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. 

Ecological restoration along the Lower Salt River

A long-term ecological restoration project is underway on the Lower Salt River of the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa Ranger District in the area of the 2017 Cactus Fire.