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The richest value of wilderness lies not in the days of Daniel Boone, nor even in the present, but rather in the future.
--Aldo Leopold

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Attend a Training

New in 2019, the Arizona Wilderness Coalition has begun offering a series of training events for those interested in Wilderness Stewardship. Our first two day event, held in early April 2019 in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, covered the topics of Wilderness History and Leave No Trace principles. Learn more about our Stewardship Training program!

Get Out & Give Back

We invite you to join us on a Wilderness Stewardship trip! Our goal is simple, we go out into wilderness areas (and potential wilderness!) to report on what we see, maintain trails, and preserve wilderness. Exploration, monitoring, and maintenance are key to the integrity and sustainability of our remaining wild places. What could be better? We hike/backpack into amazing places throughout Arizona and provide a huge benefit for our wild lands and waters! Get all the details!

Tonto National Forest Plan Advances

The large-scale revision of the Tonto National Forest (TNF) Land and Resource Management Plan is moving ahead with the official release of the “Notice of Intent” to revise the Plan. With 3 million acres, seven wilderness areas and two wild and scenic rivers, there’s a lot at stake. Learn more here.

Working for Wilderness

Tell Congress to Pass the Great American Outdoors Act!

The House is voting as soon as next week on the Great American Outdoors Act, which would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as provide $9.5 billion in funding for the maintenance backlog on hiking trails and other public lands infrastructure across the U.S. Tell your member of Congress to vote to support the bill!.

Opportunity to Protect Wild Lands along AZ/NM Border!

The Gila National Forest (GNF) is accepting comments regarding its Draft Forest Plan which will dictate how the GNF will be managed for years to come. Public comments must be filed by April 16th - this Thursday. Your heart-felt comments could be very helpful in influencing this process. Read our concerns and learn how to take action.

Wild Arizona Urges Senator McSally to Protect Grand Canyon

Joining other conservation organizations, Wild Arizona is urging Senator Martha McSally to cosponsor the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which would permanently ban new uranium mining across 1 million acres of public land around Grand Canyon National Park. Read our press release and letter to Senator McSally.

Feds Urged to Deny Permit for 200-foot Dam on San Francisco River

We joined our conservation partners and outdoor business supporters in urging a federal commission to deny a preliminary permit for a 200-foot-tall dam planned for the San Francisco River at the Arizona-New Mexico border. Read our press release.

AWC Community Organizing for Kingman & Safford Travel Management

This spring AWC will be community organizing in Kingman and Safford, AZ. Our goal is to share with the public, the BLM, and stakeholders our conservation concerns relevant to the Travel Management Plan; empower citizen advocacy; and come up with responsible and practical negotiations. Read more and learn how you can participate.

AWC Habitat Restoration Project Featured in NFF Newsletter

The National Forest Foundation's newsletter recently featured an overview of a Chiricahua leopard frog habitat restoration project the Arizona Wilderness Coalition organized in the Chiricahua Mountains. Read the details of this project.

Wild Stew Year in Review

Our wilderness stewardship program has been busy in the past couple years, with 35 projects across Arizona and well over 100 volunteers engaged. View our 2017 - 2019 year in review and upcoming projects.

New Reports on the San Pedro

In May the Bureau of Land Management released San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area's reports for Wild and Scenic River eligibility and Lands with Wilderness Characteristics. Read more.

Economic Contribution of Quiet Recreation on BLM Lands

Quiet recreation on BLM lands provides an estimated $162 million in spending impact for Arizona, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts. These findings offer great support for the need to retain, maintain, and preserve public lands in a natural state as a foundation for hiking, birding, hunting, mountain biking and other quiet recreation pursuits. Read more.

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