Working Together

Partnering to Protect Wilderness

Kendrick Cabin Partnership with NAU studentsSince spring 2000, the Forest Service has been teaming with Dr. Martha Lee, School of Forestry Professor, and her Wilderness Management Class at Northern Arizona University on an educational partnership to assist the agency with managing wilderness areas while also providing students with practical land management experience. Over the years, several hundred students have participated, and the partnership has blossomed into a valued collaboration that includes other agencies such as Arizona Game and Fish Department, National Park Service, and Coconino County Search and Rescue.

Over the last few years, students from the Wilderness Management Class have collaborated closely with Kaibab National Forest resource specialists to focus on management of Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, a 6,660-acre area that encompasses Kendrick Peak, one the highest peaks in the San Francisco volcanic field, on both the Kaibab and Coconino National Forests. On top of Kendrick Mountain is a fire lookout tower and cabin, which have been important  for many decades in the detection of wildland fires. 

Kendrick Mountain cabin roof repair
Completed on Oct. 5, 1911, the Kendrick Mountain Lookout Cabin was first staffed during the 1912 fire season. It is the second oldest remaining fire lookout cabin in the Southwestern Region and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Northern Arizona University students have and continue to provide important assistance to forest managers in helping maintain the cabin and complete critical repair work. As part of their efforts to ensure long-term survival of the historic site, the students have created a Kendrick Mountain Cabin Facebook Page to share their projects, perspectives and experiences. We hope that you’ll take a look and learn about the value of this special site.