On Thursday September 22 starting at 2:00 pm in the Keep Sedona Beautiful Meeting Room, Friends of the Forest (FOF) will host a Welcome Event. This event is free and open to the public, particularly new residents looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Friends of the Forest is a long-time partner of KSB and has received a number of our Awards of Excellence, most recently to their Graffiti Removal and Cultural Resources Site Documentation teams.

At this event, you’ll learn about Friends of the Forest and the activities you can volunteer for. You’ll hear from District Ranger Any Tinderholt about the value FOF brings to the Forest Service, watch a short video about FOF’s first 25 years of service and learn about the benefits of membership.

FOF supports the Red Rock District by assisting in the maintenance of trails, educating visitors at the Red Rock Visitor Center, removing graffiti, reducing damage caused by human impact, engaging in research projects as citizen scientists, enhancing the outdoor experience for all, and more. It provides a way for volunteers to establish long-lasting friendships while contributing to the community and making a real difference. FOF offers volunteer opportunities for everyone: inside or out, alone or with others, easy or strenuous.

Friends of the Forest is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that now has over 650 members. Those volunteers put in more hours per year than any other Forest Service group in the country, reflecting a vital, constantly renewing organization making significant contributions to the community. 

To help protect and preserve the beauty of Red Rock Country, please join Friends of the Forest at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 22 at the KSB building, 360 Brewer Road. Committee Chairs will be there to answer any questions you may have. For more information about Friends of the Forest, visit www.friendsoftheforestsedona.org.