We are a diverse, motivated group of volunteers working together toward common goals. Our members come from all age groups, walks of life, and backgrounds; each member brings unique skills and abilities, yet all share the love of being outdoors protecting and enhancing our forests.
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We're dedicated to assisting the Forest Service and other resource management agencies in maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural and cultural resources and the scenic beauty of our forest lands for the enjoyment and use of present and future generations. We are a solution-oriented volunteer group that works in partnership with these agencies to assist in tasks they do not have the staff or the funds to accomplish.
STATE OF THE ORGANIZATION 2019
In typical Flagstaff fashion, we went from one of the more generous winter snowfall seasons right into one of the driest “nonsoon” seasons in recorded history. Through it all though FoNAF volunteers once again persevered and provided a wealth of volunteer hours to the Forest Service and made our forests, near and wide, much better overall. Our desire for more project diversification and broader geographic coverage was certainly achieved as summarized below:
The above 2524 hours when added to individual team member forest activities totaling 365 hours brings the Aspen Team total for the year to 2889. Non-Aspen team hours totaled another 1051 so the grand total is 3940, our highest total ever.
During the year we worked with archaeology, wildlife, silviculture, recreation, range and botany crews and we greatly appreciate their assistance and cooperation. The only group we didn’t work with was Fire and I’m fine with that. While much of our work was on the Flagstaff Ranger District, we did travel to the Mogollon Rim Ranger Distinct several times as well. While there we picked up some new tasks associated with the three infamous University of Montana ecological research exclosures.
Fortunately our membership is rebounding somewhat and the aspen team is definitely getting larger. With increased team membership and mechanization through the addition of the power pounder and power winder, we’re becoming more efficient and effective when undertaking our various tasks.
Tom Mackin, President