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In F3’s formative years, many of our “accomplishments” defy easy classification. F3 raised awareness on issues around open space, worked with other organizations on local environmental issues, and carefully monitored the deliberations and decisions of city officials.

It was that kind of engaged activity focused on the common good that attracted nearly 1,000 members to our organization. 


New Executive Director Hired: Conducted candidate search and multiple interviews which resulted in the hiring of Michele James in late October 2020. Michele is a longtime resident of Flagstaff with experience in working with stakeholders, ecosystem management, and civic engagement.

2020 Campaign: In preparation for the primary and general election, we posed 13 questions to Flagstaff’s mayoral candidates and published their answers on our website, Facebook page and in our Communications Newsletter.

Revitalization of F3: We began our 2020 membership drive by contacting all former members and raised over $10,000!

Lobbied against the Anti-Camping Ordinance and worked to promote “Safe Lots”, a designated safe parking area for people who live in their car

Hosted the City Council Candidate forum with round-table discussions; 160 community members attended.

Conducted multiple public presentations in support of Prop 422 (Attainable Housing Bond) in order to educate the community about how to increase affordable housing in Flagstaff.

As part of the proposed Plastic Bag Ban effort, we interviewed local businesses about the impact of banning plastic bags in their establishments and found many in agreement with a ban. The State later took away the ability of local jurisdictions to enact this ban.

Flagstaff Regional Plan: Successfully defended language on climate change, walkable neighborhoods, and other environmental elements. Council unanimously sent the Plan to the voters who approved it.

Advocated for open space to successfully obtain an official “open space” designation for the city­-owned land at Shultz Pass and the parcel east of the Elks Lodge (later renamed the Buffalo Park Annex).

Successfully addressed a threat to low income housing by successfully opposing a student housing development which threatened to displace Arrowhead Village and potentially negatively impact the historic neighborhood of La Plaza Vieja.

See more in our historical archives