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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

Get Involved

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!


Speak up for Fossil Creek

Fossil Creek is a beautiful and unique river that received Wild and Scenic River status in 2009. A proposed management plan recommends increasing motorized access, which generates many concerns about protecting the values for which the river was designated. Get involved by submitting comments by the deadline of Friday, January 27, 2017. Learn more here.


Sonoran Desert National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management released its Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment regarding how recreational target shooting should be managed in the Monument. This National Monument harbors extensive archeological and ecological resources that deserve protection. Inadequately managed target shooting has threatened key values that the Monument was established to conserve. Comments may be submitted until March 15, 2017. Learn more here.

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!


Working for Wilderness

We're Hiring!

AWC's fabulous Office Coordinator, Linda Tyler, is starting a new adventure. We need a great person with strong business skills and an interest in conservation to join our dedicated team. Details here.


Update: Restoring Arnett Creek

After months of planning, staff and volunteers converged with partners and students for a three-week-long intensive eradication effort in late 2016, to improve habitat in Arnett Creek for threatened and sensitive species, particularly the Yellow-billed cuckoo, Longfin dace and Lowland leopard frog. We cut and treated roughly 70% of the tamarisk and oleander in this riparian system! Learn about our challenges and success, and see photos. Read more.


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.



Hassayampa Hurrah

With the help of an intrepid restoration crew, volunteers, Prescott College, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and the Phoenix College Conservation Corps, we collectively planted 364 native trees in the remote and challenging setting of Hassayampa River Canyon. Read more about the impressive accomplishments and warmly personal experiences of crew leader Brian Andersen. 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.





-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement