Superstition Mountain in Arizona


Forest Action Plan

Arizona’s Forest Action Plan

The diversity of Arizona forests range from riparian gallery forest in the low elevation deserts to sub-alpine and montane forests above 9,000 feet in elevation. Forest cover approximately 27% of the state and are mostly managed by federal, tribal, and state entities. Arizona’s Forest Action Plan is a collaborative analysis of forest related conditions, trends, threats, and opportunities.

In developing the plan, Arizona organized the state’s critical forest resource issues into seven major categories: People and Forests, Ecosystem Health, Water and Air, Fire, Economics, Climate Change, and Culture. As each of these seven categories was developed, GIS data was utilized to identify forest resource focus areas. The plan further refines these issues to provide 20 collaborative goals with specific actions, performance measures, stakeholders, and programs.

Best Management Practices

Arizona’s best management practices (BMPs) program is non-regulatory. The agency responsible for BMPs policy development is primarily the Arizona State Forestry Division, along with partner agencies.

To access the most recent BMPs recommendations, contact Al Hendricks at

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Arizona Forestry Publications

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