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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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It's Earth Day!

As we celebrate the Earth this year, check out a few of the fascinating facts about the evolution of the largest secular holiday in the world! And be sure to read a brief history of Arizona & Earth Day and how you can get involved. Learn more!


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!


Hiking the AZT, Helping AWC

Avid outdoorsperson Adrian Adams is through-hiking the Arizona Trail, and he's helping AWC along the way! Adrian will donate 50% of all funds raised to support AWC's programs. Learn more.


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.


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

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.


Westerners Value Public Lands

The annual Conservation in the West poll found that nearly two-thirds of Arizonans oppose state take-over of public lands, and nearly three-fourths support creation of a national monument to preserve the Greater Grand Canyon Watershed. Additionally, public lands bring value to the West. A recent study by Headwaters Economics finds rural counties nearer to protected lands have a greater increase for population, employment, and personal income. Read more.


A Restoration Duet

AWC's Wild Stew program and the Climbing Association of Southern Arizona recently joined forces with a common goal - to disband social trails near a popular climbing area in Cochise Stronghold, and restore the landscape. Read more about the impressive accomplishments and convivial gathering of those who love the outdoors. Read more.


Crossroads in the Chiricahuas

A fourth and final trek into the Chiricahua Mountains opened access along the heavily damaged Hoovey Trail, thanks to AWC's intrepid volunteers who braved rugged terrain and snow. Read Brandon Arents' thought-provoking essay on this stewardship trip, and the role of volunteers on public lands. Read more.





-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement