Offices closed Friday, November 10

PHOENIX — The Tonto National Forest will waive fees in honor of Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, commemorating the end of World War 1 and paying tribute to military heroes, past and present. Forest Service offices will be closed on Friday, November 10, 2017, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Offices will resume normal business hours Monday, November 13.

Fees will be waived at all day-use sites such as picnic grounds, shorelines and boat launches operated by the Tonto National Forest. Concessionaire-operated facilities, camping and campground fees will not be waived. Now is the perfect time to enjoy fall weather and this fee-free day provides an incentive for people to visit nearly 3 million acres of Tonto National Forest’s land held in trust for their enjoyment and use.

Phoenix, AZ -- Fee machines have been installed and are available to pay fees for overnight camping on the Mesa, Cave Creek, Globe and Tonto Basin ranger districts. Timber Camp Campground, on the Globe Ranger District, and Burnt Corral, Cholla, Frazier Horse, Schoolhouse and Windy Hill campgrounds are currently open on the Tonto Basin Ranger District. The Tortilla Campground on the Mesa Ranger District opened for the winter on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Fee machines are available at the Tortilla, Burnt Corral, Cholla, Schoolhouse and Windy Hill campgrounds to pay for overnight camping. The fee machine for Frazier Horse Camp is located just down the road at the Windy Hill Campground. The Mesquite, Horseshoe, Riverside and CCC campgrounds on the Cave Creek Ranger District are also open, however fee machines are located at the entrance to the Ranger District Office and at the Bartlett Lake overlook. Make sure to pay for your camping site before you drive all the way out to the campgrounds.

Phoenix, AZ – – Desert Botanical Garden is announcing its fall season with a dazzling array of exhibitions and events to help you enjoy the beauty of the desert. As the largest botanical garden in the southwest, the Garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians, vibrant dancers and dynamic festivals—all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants.

Exhibit entry is membership or paid General admission

Fall Butterfly Exhibit
Sept. 30 – Nov. 19 | 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mighty monarch butterflies return on Sept. 30, and they are bringing friends! The exhibit invites visitors to take a closer look at the insects that care for and protect our desert environment. From pollinators to predators, insects have amazing powers and play a variety of roles in the desert. Become a plant protector to support and help protect beneficial insects and pollinators.

Larry Kornagay
Sept.22- Jan.7
Phoenix-based designer and artist Larry Kornegay exhibits more than 20 new works. Renowned for his artistry in a variety of materials, Larry Kornegay/ New Work presents both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork inspired by the natural world.

PHOENIX – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office invites the public’s comments on a proposed Recreation & Public Purposes Act (R&PP) lease of a 1,046-acre parcel in the Vulture Mountains area to the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department (MCPRD), for potential recreation development.

“The BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations as we pursue our multiple-use mission. This potential R&PP lease is an example of how partners can come together along with the community to formulate ideas that may potentially enhance the landscape,” said BLM Phoenix District Manager Leon Thomas.

A small minnow, not much larger than a paper clip, is the newest weapon in the fight against mosquito borne diseases in Pima County, Arizona. The Gila Topminnow, a Federally protected fish that feeds on plants and small invertebrates, like aquatic mosquito larvae, is now serving Pima County as a vector control agent.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Gila River Basin Native Fish Conservation Program, partnered with Pima County, the Arizona Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to secure a holding tank for the County to rear this endangered fish.   more...
TUCSON, Ariz. – Rose Canyon Lake campground on Mount Lemmon is temporarily closed pending a search by state and federal wildlife officials for a potentially rabid fox that bit a 12-year-old Tucson boy’s knee 5 p.m. Sunday.

The boy was treated for his wound and rabies at Tucson Medical Center and released. The fox ran off after biting the boy, who was playing with his dog at the time of the attack. The fox is assumed to still be in the area since they have relatively small territories.

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