Forest Ranger

The White Mountain Apache Forest Ranger, formally a subsection of the Tribal Forestry Department, is now part of the White Mountain Apache Police Department Law Enforcement section. The primary duties of the Forest Ranger is to provide enforcement of the Natural Resource Code by patrolling the 1.6 million acre wood lands and forest lands of the White Mountain Apache Tribe; to ensure the applications of sound silvicultural and economic principles to the harvesting of miscellaneous forest products by responding to illegal activities, prevention of trespass and to provide for the enforcement of rules and regulations pertaining to miscellaneous forest products on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.


In addition, the Forest Ranger coordinates with the White Mountain Apache Police and the White Mountain Apache Public Safety Division Rangers with the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws where necessary. The Forest Ranger is a certified law enforcement officer who may make arrest or issue citations giving notice to the trespasser, buyer, possessor, or violator that a trespass or violation has occurred, basis for the determination, providing notice of the location of the court and a date in which to answer the citation. The Forest Ranger is supervised by the Police Captain of the White Mountain Apache Police Department.


Violations pertaining to the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Natural Resources should be reported to the White Mountain Apache Police Department at 928-338-4942.


Marty Gatewood

Forest Ranger

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5 East Sycamore Street         Whiteriver, Arizona  85941         Phone (928) 338-4942        FAX (928) 338-4565

Department Partnerships

WMAT Dept. of Corrections    928-338-1120

WMAT Prosecution Unit          928-338-2254  

WMA DPS Rangers                928-369-7067

WMAT Social Services            928-338-4164

WMAT Tribal Court                 928-338-4720

WMAT EMS                            928-338-3095

WMAT Fire & Rescue             928-338-4311

Cibecue Fire Station              928-332-2401

WMA Housing Security           928-338-1181

BIA Law Enforcement             928-338-5355 

DPS - Highway Patrol             928-537-5545      


San Carlos Police Department                 928-475-2311

San Carlos Dept of Corrections               928-475-4060

Show Low Police Department                   928-537-5091

Pinetop Police Department                       928-368-8800

Navajo County Sheriff's Office                  928-536-7460

BIA Forestry                                             928-338-5429

Pinetop Fire Department                          928-367-2199

Show Low Fire Department                      928-537-5100

Apache County Sheriffs Office                 928-337-4321

Native Air - Show Low                               909-915-2303


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Background photo by Elmer Lamson