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Friday Fotos: Arizona’s Many Spectacular Forests

Doug Koepsel | Lockett Meadow

“The forest is a peculiar organism of unlimited kindness and benevolence that makes no demands for its sustenance and extends generously the products of its life activity; it affords protection to all beings, offering shade even to the axe-man who destroys it.” ―Buddha

Let’s love and protect our forests… after all, they’re pretty remarkable.

Enjoy!

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Help the Forest Service Keep an Eye on Mother Nature

Photo by Reid Helms

Photo by Reid Helms

From our friends at the Forest Service:

PHOENIX – The U.S. Forest Service is understaffed but is getting more help in monitoring more than 1 million acres of Arizona wilderness. Over the weekend, another 30 volunteers for the Arizona Wilderness Coalition stewardship program received training to begin monitoring ecological and recreational conditions in the state’s wild areas.

According to the Coalition’s Central Arizona director, Sam Frank, it’s a chance for people to give back while enjoying something they already love: being outdoors.

“It’s a great thing for families, it’s a great way to get exercise and it’s a great way to get to know the lands better in your backyard. It’s really beneficial,” Frank said. “And also, they have a sense of stewardship in helping take care of these areas that technically belong to them.”

Sound like a good gig? Why not volunteer and give Mother Nature some much needed TLC? For more information, visit: www.azwild.org/action/wilderness_stewardship.php.

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The Nature Conservancy Brings the Forests to Phoenix

Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy | Ed Mell, “Pine Cone”

You’ve likely heard of The Nature Conservancy … you know, the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people? But did you know this wonderful group also has a gallery in Old Town Scottsdale? True story and here’s why you should visit this little gem. Through May 31, The Nature Conservancy gallery is showcasing its newest exhibit, Restoring Arizona’s Forests. The exhibit is designed to illuminate the story of Arizona’s forests and the efforts made to restore them to health.

“With the closest ponderosa pine forest two hours away, we’re hopeful this exhibit will raise awareness about the poor condition of Arizona’s forests and the Conservancy’s new model for restoring forest health,” says Patrick Graham, the Conservancy director for Arizona.

Restoring Arizona’s Forests also explores the important role of Arizona forests in the Phoenix watershed and explains the collaborative Four Forest Restoration Initiative, the largest forest thinning project ever, with 300,000 acres treated over the next 10 years.

The gallery includes forest-related art by recognizable artists, including Ed Mell, Mitch Fry, Hayley Smith, Todd Hoyer Roger Asay, Rebecca Davis and Christopher Brown.

Best of all, this exhibit is free. So hurry and visit before May 31.

Information: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located at 7056 East Main Street, Suite 2 in Scottsdale.

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Friday Fotos: Tom Cruise is Getting Divorced, but Arizona Sure Has Some Stunning Forests

Pamela Baca-Hanes | Mount Baldy

Well, you’ve likely heard the news… Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are finito… hopefully, this week’s photo gallery, with is beautiful images of forests, will help ease any sadness you might be feeling.

In all seriousness, a huge thank you to everyone who shared their photos with us on Facebook… we hope you’ll share this gallery with your favorite people via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and any other hip, happening social media tool that’s out there.

Happy Friday and enjoy!

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