Resource Management

Caring for the Land

Learn how the Coconino National Forest is managing resources for this generation and future ones.

Forest Resources 

  • Plants & trees

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    Plant life on the Coconino National Forest from invasive weeds to trees and wildflowers. 

  • Wildlife & fisheries

    Sonoran Mtn King Snake

    The wildlife and fish resources of the forest are among the most diverse and unique within the Southwestern Region. 

  • Water

    Fossil Creek

    Water is life, and quality concerns on the Coconino National Forest are a big priority.  

  • Mining & treasure hunting

    Red rocks of Sedona

    Limited collection of rocks and minerals for personal use is allowed on most National Forest System lands, but there are rules to follow. If you wish to look in wilderness areas there are even more rules.

  • Forest health

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    Forest disturbances, pests, and how forest staff manages for improved forest health. 

  • Fall colors

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    Learn about the changing of leaves in the autumn, and find recommendations for the best places to see fall colors throughout the Coconino National Forest.

Travel Management

The Travel Management Rule issued in 2005 required National Forests to restrict OHV travel to "designated roads-and-trails." Related information:

  • Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) shows the designated system of roads and trails, identifying where driving a motor vehicle on the National Forest is legal.
  • Wet Weather Travel Restrictions permit the temporary closure of many roads to motor vehicle travel, including ATVs, when soils are saturated due to precipitation.
  • Travel Analysis Report (2010) [PDF] was used to start the planning process for which roads were designated for motor vehicle use on the MVUM. The Coconino National Forest is working on updating the Travel Analysis Report to identify all roads as Likely Needed or Likely Not Needed. The updated Travel Analysis Report is expected to help inform which non-designated roads are Likely Not Needed for future management actions.