We're Wild for Arizona Wilderness Brewing
We are excited to "designate" Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co as a featured business partner this year! New & renewing AWC members (at the $50 and above) will get a special discount card good for $1.00 off appetizers or non-premium beers for as many times as you'd like use it for a year. Yummy local ingredients in their beer and food – get yours by June 30th! Learn more.
Help Us Make a Match
NFF Awards a Matching Grant for Wild Stew
The National Forest Foundation recently notified AWC that we are being awarded $46,000 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. You can be a part of this important effort by donating today to help us raise $15,000 by June 30th.
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!
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.
Arizonans Support Conservation
State of the Rockies Report
A recent "Conservation in the West" poll found that 95% of Arizona voters visited public lands at least once in the last year. 83% viewed "Protecting and conserving natural areas for future generations" as very important, while 75% thought "Protecting and conserving wildlife habitat" was very important. And nearly three-quarters support protecting the Greater Grand Canyon region as a national monument! Read more.
Preservation is Good Economics
The Golden Rush Report
The Center for Western Priorities recently released "The Golden Rush," an economic study reflecting how retirees are drawn to areas with protected public lands. Retirees bring with them income in the form of investment and retirement payments, and create a need for medical and service jobs, while expanding leisure spending. The report estimates that 141,900 jobs were created by seniors moving in to Arizona between 2000 and 2010. Read 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.