Please see attached and below for special recognition of some of our valued partners!
Partners of Coronado National Forest recognized
TUCSON, AZ (June 14, 2018) – Each year, the Forest Service recognizes outstanding volunteer and partner organizations for their contributions to public lands. The Coronado National Forest congratulates three partners – Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol, Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, and the Arizona Trail Association – nominated for regional and national recognition for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017).
Recognized regionally for their enduring service in the Southwestern Region, members of the Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol provide a friendly uniformed presence on the Santa Catalina Ranger District, which receives an estimated 1.5 million visitors annually. For 20 years the volunteers have enhanced visitors’ overall outdoor experience with their knowledgeable and safety-minded “engagement with a smile.” The Volunteer Patrol, with roughly 250 members, works to educate the public about the environment, key regulations, and visitor safety. Their valued customer service helps reduce the incidence of injuries and rescues. In FY 2017, they contributed over 29,000 volunteer hours on the Forest.
The Friends of Cave Creek Canyon, working in the Chiricahua Mountains, are recognized regionally for citizen stewardship. The Friends have become a highly valued partner for the Douglas Ranger District and surrounding communities. With six years of dedicated service, they continue to expand their activities, working alongside staff to maintain facilities and engaging visitors on the Forest. The outreach efforts and the public education opportunities they offer visitors are a highlight of any visit to Cave Creek Canyon, Portal, and the ranger district.
The Arizona Trail Association received special national recognition for their enduring service of over 24 years. With their army of well-trained and dedicated volunteers, this partner group enables the Forest Service, and other agencies who manage the congressionally-designated 800 mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, to provide quality, sustainable recreational trail opportunities to the public and to improve, maintain, and preserve this national treasure for future generations. In FY 2017, their volunteers served over 21,000 hours, equivalent to 11 full-time employees.
The Coronado National Forest thanks all of its valued partners and volunteer organizations for providing a range of services to the public and the lands we manage. For more information on these partner organizations, please see the Coronado Outdoors website https://www.coronadooutdoors.org/
Arizona Trail Association
Heading out to learn about basic trail design.
Photo by Lance Diskan
Volunteer Vacation crew on rockwork.
Photo by Ryan Nelson.
Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol
Friends of Cave Creek Canyon
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Heidi Schewel, BS, BS, MS
Public Affairs Officer
Coronado National Forest
300 W. Congress St. 6th floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
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