Friends of Cave Creek Canyon (FOCCC) is a non-profit 503(c)3 organization, chartered in 2011. Contributions to the FOCCC may be tax deductible. We are an all-volunteer organization and all donations and membership received are used to advance the mission of FOCCC.
Our Mission is to inspire appreciation and understanding of the beauty, biodiversity and legacy of Cave Creek Canyon through volunteer work and outreach programs.
Members of FOCCC are individuals, families, and businesses. We are mostly from the vicinity of Rodeo, NM, and Portal, AZ, but have members from Lordsburg, San Simon, Douglas, Sierra Vista and beyond.
FOCCC works closely with US Forest Service personnel to support their work and mission in Southeastern Arizona. Our activities include:
- volunteering to staff the USFS Cave Creek Canyon Visitor Information Center
- working on trail maintenance and clearing invasive weeds
- supporting habitat restoration projects for local wildlife
- providing educational opportunities for area residents, visitors, school groups, scientific researchers and others who cherish the special qualities of our region
- coordinating the production and publication of books and other resources about the area
Our accomplishments to date include:
- restoration of Willow Tank wildlife resource pond
- publication of Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains (2014)
- establishing an educational outreach program for school groups
- creating an annual garden party, open to the public, which highlights the flora and fauna of the canyon.
- creating a native species garden at the USFS Visitor Information Center
- coordinating volunteer staff for the USFS Cave Creek Canyon Visitor Information Center in collaboration with the US Forest Service
- assisting US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Southwestern Research Station in reintroducing leopard frogs
- assisting US Forest Service on trail maintenance and invasive weed eradication projects