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 2017
President Tom Mackin provided an overview of FoNAF’s accomplishments over the last year and our continuing efforts to move toward more diversification in geographical and project interests beyond fences in the immediate Flagstaff forests.
He acknowledged the following focus areas:
Dave Downes announced that FoNAF contributed over 4200 volunteer hours this year to a variety of events and projects. He also explained that the dollar value for each hour is estimated at $21 by the Forest Service, which represents a significant savings for the Forest Service in payroll expenses.
It was noted that approximately 50% of the FoNAF membership are active volunteers in our projects and community service activities. The consensus was that this is a very high percentage for a volunteer organization such as FoNAF.
Tom said it was another productive year for FoNAF and he is proud of our many contributions. He is very pleased with the renewed support of the Forest Service through the efforts of Mark Nabel and Paul Dawson, the Arizona Elk Society, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Antelope Foundation, CCSO-SAR and the Snowbowl.
ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR FOR 2017
Friends of Northern Arizona Forests was chosen by the Arizona Daily Sun as their top organization for 2017. The announcement was made in their December 30, 2017 issue.
On January 9, 2018, a luncheon at Little America honored the "Male" and "Female" persons of the year as well as FoNAF, organization of the year.