• Message from the founder of FKS, Bill Hurst

    Now in his 100th year of life, Bill Hurst is still vitally interested in the Kaibab Squirrel and its habitat requirements. He recently made the following statement regarding the Kaibab Squirrel:

    The North Kaibab Ranger District has a vital responsibility in caring for the Kaibab Squirrel and assuring perpetuation of its habitat. Except for a small introduced population on Mount Trumble, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, the Kaibab Plateau including Grand Canyon National Park and the Kaibab National Forest is the only place on earth where his little white tailed sub-species of the Abert squirrel is found. To say the Kaibab Squirrel is unique is an understatement. Every effort must be made to sustain its habitat and to protect it from predation.

  • Board of Directors Statement on the Bunt Corral Vegetation Management Project

    The Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel have received and reviewed a package of information regarding the Burnt Corral Vegetation project sent from the U.S. Forest Service, North Kaibab Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Kaibab Squirrel have responded to the North Kaibab Ranger District as follows:

    The management plan material we reviewed mentions provisions for a number of wildlife species such as the golden eagle, goshawk, Mexican spotted owl, northern leopard frog, bald eagle, etc. But there is no mention that we could find of the Kaibab Squirrel. Attachment B, relevant sections from the Kaibab National Forest Plan, does include desired conditions for the Kaibab Squirrel National Natural Landmark, but this information is not carried forth in the Burnt Corral project. We hope and indeed recommend that this oversight be corrected in the final version. We appreciate the opportunity to comment on this project.