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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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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!

More Help for Wild Forests

We’re delighted to receive a $35,000 award from the National Forest Foundation to repair trails, restore ponds for Chiricahua leopard frog, and much more! Yet we need your help – these funds are only released with the help of private matching funds. Make your donation to AWC’s wilderness preservation programs, and double your impact.

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. TNF expects to hold public meetings in June to get input on wilderness topics. This will be an important time for us to voice our goals for wilderness preservation! Learn more here. For river lovers – and aren’t we all? – TNF has shared a Wild and Scenic River Story Map with feedback on river classifications.



Working for Wilderness

Farewell to our Rock Pyxie

Linda Tyler served as an exceptional Office Coordinator the past two years, and lent a unique brightness to our office with her strong enthusiasm for the outdoors. Her outstanding acuity with grants and operational matters was matched by her kind personality and knowledge of Forest Service wilderness. And our visual materials benefitted from her keen designer’s eye! We are going to miss Linda – and her fermented foods and Matcha tea - dearly.

Welcome Katrina!

AWC is delighted to introduce Katrina Pappas as our new Office Coordinator. How lucky we are! Katrina brings 26 years of experience in nonprofit administration, having served for a number of years as the general manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts. She has Bachelor's degrees in Arts Management and Accounting, and was awarded a Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellowship through which she completed Georgetown University's Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Katrina has hiked many wilderness trails in Sedona, Prescott, and the Phoenix area. She is also an accomplished equestrienne. Thanks for riding onto our Wilderness Ranch, Katrina!

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.





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