Wildfire at Tonto National Forest fence line extinguished

A field fire was reported just after 7 p.m. Sept. 6 in the area of Southern Avenue and Barkley Road, near the fence line of the Tonto National Forest, an official from Superstition Fire and Medical District said. “The SFMD responded with several pieces of wildland apparatus and found a fire that was about 1.25 […]

What was Woodbury Fire’s impact on wildlife?

The Woodbury Fire burned nearly 124,000 acres, much of it in the Superstition Wilderness Area, from early June through mid-July. [Related links: https://apachejunctionindependent.com/?s=woodbury+fire] Because of the popularity of this area among hikers, hunters and wildlife watchers, many people are asking — according to a release from the Arizona Game and Fish Department — what damage […]

Ecological restoration occurs yearlong on Lower Salt River

There is a long-term ecological restoration project on the Lower Salt River of the Tonto National Forest’s Mesa Ranger District. Taking place in the area of the 2017 Cactus Fire, the Lower Salt River Restoration project will restore 70 acres of riparian habitat along an 11-mile stretch of the river, according to a press release, […]

Salt River Tubing helps with public lands cleanup on Labor Day weekend

Salt River Tubing will conduct its 23rd Annual Labor Day Salt River Heroes = Litter Zero event, Saturday-Monday, Sept. 1-3, in the Tonto National Forest. Salt River Tubing will distribute litter bags and encourage tubers to “stash and bag” their picnic trash 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. each day during the National Take Pride in America event, according […]

Rescued tiny, Tonto National Forest newborn horse needs a name

The tiny, newborn horse recently rescued in the Tonto National Forest will have a home but also needs a name. Anyone who sponsors the 33-pound foal separated from the herd last weekend, hours after birth, will be entered in a naming contest, Salt River Wild Horse Management Group President Simone Netherlands said by phone on […]