Volunteer

Gary Borax and other volunteers from the Dove Mountain and Heritage Highlands communities in Marana regularly help with restoration projects, like pulling buffelgrass, on Ironwood Forest National Monument.

Gary Borax and other volunteers from the Dove Mountain and The Highlands at Dove Mountain communities in Marana regularly help with restoration projects, like pulling buffelgrass, on Ironwood Forest National Monument.

The Friends of Ironwood Forest  is all about working together and could not function without the help of our dedicated volunteers. There are many different volunteer opportunities for people of all talents and interests. To see the event schedule, including volunteer work days, click here.

Volunteer Work Days

COVID-19: Following is a description of how the volunteer work days have run prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The BLM has instituted protocols for COVID-19 health and safety. We will adjust our work days, number of volunteers, transportation and routine to the BLM, Health and Government rules and guidance for social distancing, masks, sanitizing and any other needed actions. Once we look at things we may abbreviate the schedule and/or limit volunteer rosters.

IFNM Volunteer work days are planned and coordinated with the BLM each month for projects in October through April of each year. We assist the BLM in varied tasks such as restoration, trail improvement, sign installation, vegetation clean up, fencing, trash clean up and invasive species management (primarily buffelgrass).
On a typical work day we volunteers will join with the BLM staff early in the day and head out to the chosen work site. The BLM provides the necessary tools and safety equipment and we go to work. We will stay busy until “noon-ish” and break for lunch or depart. Besides getting in a little exercise in while we work we are able to enjoy the sweeping vistas, landscape, desert plants and animals within the Monument and beautiful and enchanting Sonoran Desert environment. Working around Ragged Top, Waterman and Silverbell Mountains, the Samaniego Hills, Cocoraque Butte, El Cerrito de Represso and many other areas is very enjoyable and educational!

In order to participate in these or other BLM work projects, you need to have a “Volunteer Service Agreement” form completed and on file with BLM prior to the work day. Click here for the form. Email the completed form to r[email protected]

For additional details, to sign up, and to get on the mailing list for future announcements of these projects, please email [email protected].

Want to become more involved?!

Help Friends of Ironwood Forest protect the diverse cultural, biological and historical resources on the Ironwood Forest National Monument!

Join us on a service project

Participating in a service project you’ll have fun, make new friends, and gain a better appreciation of the monument, its resources, the threats it faces and you will spend the day in a wonderful place. Come out and join us. Click here for news on our latest project!

Be a responsible monument visitor

We need your help to ensure that the Ironwood Forest National Monument remains the stunning place it is today. Respect the land, wildlife and other visitors, tread lightly and leave no trace. If you see something that shouldn’t be happening, please let us know and report the incident to the BLM at 1-800-637-9152