Meet Volunteer Extraordinaire Brian Barnes
We would like to thank the ineffable Brian Barnes for his commitment to the Wild Stew program. Brian might wear a computer software developer hat during the week, but that doesn't hide his volunteer superhero cape. Countless hours have been dedicated to wild spaces and we are honored to have Brian share so much of himself with the Wilderness Stewardship Program. Learn more.
Featured Business Partner
Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co
We are excited to "designate" Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co as a featured business partner this year! Arizona Wilderness Brewing has brought together their two loves: The beautiful and diverse state of Arizona together with hand crafted, artisanal ales. While backpacking the wondrous depths of Arizona they forged ideas that would one day become Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. Well, here they are with yummy local ingredients in their beer and food! Learn more.
Help Us Make a Match
NFF Awards a Matching Grant for Wild Stew
AWC received a $46,000 grant from the National Forest Foundation to support our award-winning Stewardship program. This is a huge accomplishment, as this year we were competing with a broad range of forest projects, not limited to wilderness. Our projects in the coming year will maintain trails in popular areas like the Superstition and Chiricahua Mountains, and beyond. We must raise dollar-for-dollar match to access the NFF funds. We made our first milestone—and you can be a part of this important effort by donating today to help us meet our next $15,000 milestone by the end of the year!
Stewardship Trips Give Back to Wilderness
If you like to backpack and would like to explore unknown wilderness areas, check out our stewardship trips. Wild Stew is a guided trip into wilderness, most often to do monitoring of conditions and data collection. It’s a great way to have a wilderness adventure while giving back to nature. Get all the details!
Harquahala Mountains Wilderness Environmental Assessment
The Bureau of Land Management has prepared an updated Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the potential impacts to the future management of the Harquahala Mountains Wilderness west of Phoenix. The BLM welcomes your comments on the revised Wilderness Management Plan by September 24th. Learn more.
Grijalva Reintroduces the Sonoran Desert Heritage Act
The Sonoran Desert Heritage Act (H.R. 2926) was reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on June 25, 2015 by Rep. Raul Grijalva. The legislation creates an array of protective designations to safeguard premier wildlife habitat and support military viability. Learn more & let your legislators know you support this bill!
Wilderness and the Economy
Preserving wilderness and conserving public lands makes good economic sense. A number of studies have shown that people value preserved landscapes, scenic beauty and outdoor recreation, and they want to live and work where there is great quality of life. For the rural west, conserved public lands are an especially important asset to attract entrepreneurs, retirees and tourists who bring dollars into the community. Learn more.
We are delighted to introduce Linda Williamson, our new Office Coordinator based in Tucson. Linda has a strong background in conservation, having served as a wilderness ranger, planner, and wildlife biologist for the Forest Service. Arizona shaped her conservation career through stints with the Coronado National Forest and completion of a B.S. in Conservation Biology at the University of Arizona. AWC especially appreciates her organizational skills and dexterity in everyone's favorite program, Quickbooks. Learn more.
Administrative Protections to Preserve Wilderness
"Administrative Protections" are a way to preserve wilderness resources through agency land use plans and other agency decisions. Citizen Wilderness Inventory is an important part of helping agencies identify wilderness resources so they can be protected, and AWC has begun an exciting wilderness inventory in northwestern Arizona. Read more about the Citizen Inventory and Administrative Protections.