Resource Management

The national forests and grasslands are open to anyone, find out about the plants, animals and other features.

Wildlife, Fish & Rare Plants

The Tonto National Forest contains important habitat for a variety of wildlife, fish and rare plants. The Forest's location, from the Sonoran desert to the Mogollon Rim, provides for diverse vegetation and elevation zones. Two major river systems, the Salt and Verde rivers, add to the overall diversity of the forest communities, as well as, corridors for birds that migrate along these rivers and drainages.

Riparian Resource Management

Riparian areas in the Southwest are characterized by their limited size and high productivity. The Tonto National Forest includes approximately 3 Million acres of which 1% (30,000 acres) are Riparian areas. 

Wilderness Areas

For those who want to get away from the rigors of modern society, the Tonto National Forest offers eight Wilderness Areas totaling over 590,000 acres. They are managed to ensure public enjoyment while protecting the unique natural character of these special places.

Range Management

Rangelands form a major component of ecosystems on the Tonto National Forest. From the mountains to the prairies, grazing occurs over a wide range of diverse vegetation including the Sonoran desert to the Mogollon Rim, from mesa tops to open grasslands and drainages in between.

Invasive Weeds  

The National Invasive Species Council defines “invasive species” as a species that is 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health (Executive Order 13112).

Mine Management

Mining is an activity that attempts to extract minerals from their natural settings.

Roads Analysis

All documents are in PDF format. Some documents are large and may require extra time to download.

Tonto NF Roads Analysis 


*The Forest Service makes every effort to make documents accessible, however, this document is only available as a scanned document.  If you need assistance with this document, please contact Chris Crawford, (602) 225-5279, and she will assist you.”

Verde River Comprehensive River Management Plan