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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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Wilderness Inventory in Northwestern Arizona

Join us as we continue to inventory lands with Wilderness character within the Kingman Resource area. This trip will be an exploration of Lower Burro Creek, one of several areas in which we have identified Wilderness characteristics. Throughout the trip we will take time for reflection to produce personal narratives that will support recommendations to the BLM to preserve the wilderness values of the area. Learn more.


Hidden Treasures of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness

by Andrew Maher
At almost 21,000 acres the Sierra Ancha Wilderness is a remote gem that offers intrepid explorers many surprises. Box canyons, high cliffs, and pine-covered mountains welcomed a group of Wild Stew volunteers earlier this month. Read Andrew Maher's recount of the special surprise they encountered tucked away in Coon Creek. Read more.


The Next Generation of Stewards

by Julie Polovitch
As part of AWC's ongoing partnership with Prescott College, Wild Stew volunteers met up with incoming freshman in the heart of the Superstition Wilderness. Julie Polovitch recounts this week-long adventure of stewardship and education, that ensures the legacy of wild places for generations to come. Read more.


Brian & Julie Hike the Arizona Trail for Wilderness

From March to May 2015, Stewardship associates Brian Stultz and Julie Polovitch will hike the Arizona Trail, connecting adjacent Wilderness areas along the way. They will keep a backcountry blog with aims of connecting others to their experience, to the places they'll be visiting, and to the unquantifiable value of Wilderness. And, monies raised will support AWC! Learn more & support their efforts!


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!


Working for Wilderness

Women's History Month

March is Women's History month - and we celebrate the women who impacted, and continue to impact, Wilderness preservation. Kathy Ann Walsh highlights six of these women and their invaluable contributions. Read more.


Wild Stew Welcomes Brian Stultz

AWC is delighted to welcome Brian Stultz as our permanent Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator. Brian began working with Wild Stew several years ago while still a student at Prescott College, and he's proven his abilities through leading weekly stewardship trips for AWC the past few months. Building on the outstanding foundation laid by AWC's former Central Arizona Director Sam Frank, Brian is bursting with enthusiasm and ideas for moving Wild Stew toward even greater success. Brian will be practicing his wilderness survival skills by hiking the entire Arizona Trail this spring, before settling in to his new position at AWC's Prescott office in mid-May. Learn more about Brian and drop a "hello"!


African American Perspectives on Wilderness

As the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act helped bring to light, perspectives on the meaning of "wilderness" have changed over time, and vary across cultures. February's designation as Black History Month is an appropriate time to examine the relationship between African American experience and wilderness. We've compiled a series of excellent articles that explore Wilderness and the African American experience through history and today. 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.


Marks on the Land

A special essay by noted Arizona photographer and author, John Annerino. John contemplates the legacy of early cultures in wilderness, and the power of wilderness to move and inspire us. Read more.





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