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The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest.

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east. Read more about the Tonto National Forest
 


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Forest Service Requests Relief for Communities

Updated: October 21, 2019 - Stipulation to Modify Injunction

Last month USDA Forest Service received an order from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona stating that the agency's "timber management" actions must cease on six national forests in Arizona and New Mexico pending formal consultation regarding potential effects to the Mexican spotted owl. The Court quickly responded to the request to modify the order and allowed the cutting and collection of fuelwood, which both the plaintiff and the Forest Service supported.

We have requested the court either modify or further clarify its September order.


Salt River Horses

Strangles

Lab results tested positive for Strangles in some Salt River Horses.  While not contagious to humans, it is very contagious to horses.  Horseback riders may want to consider riding in other locations on the Tonto National Forest. 

For questions regarding the horses contact Jacquelyn Hughes, Arizona Salt River Horse Liaison at (602) 542-0942. 

The Forest Service has entered into an agreement to work cooperatively with the State Department of Agriculture regarding the Salt River Horses. 
 


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Apply now for temporary season positions

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We are hiring for our 2020 season for positions that start at the GS-02 level and go through the GS-09 level. 

Women in Wildland Fire

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Apply now to attend the Women in Wildland Fire Training Camp in November!

 




Get Involved - Volunteer!

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Managing a national forest like the Tonto National Forest requires the efforts of not only dedicated employees, but many partners and volunteers. Find out how you can help!

Ecological restoration along the Lower Salt River

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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.



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