|OUT OF THE BLUE...
Season for Hope
Despite setbacks in a bleak Administration, wilderness protection is alive
and well in Arizona. AWC Director Don Hoffman shares some end-of-the-year wilderness wisdom. Read
Saving the Best for Last
Read how the Tumacacori Highlands are Arizona's chance to protect its last, truly wild natural heritage in a creative partnership with locals, ranchers, hunters, and conservationists.
Few places remain in Arizona that are free of roads, teem with wildlife, and overflow with opportunities for solitude. Except for one.
Wilderness 101: The Nuts and Bolts of Conservation
Wilderness...oh yeah. That the place where I'll get eaten by a bear, where I'm locked out of doing anything fun, and where that big geyser blows every 10 minutes, right? WRONG.
Confused about what's wilderness and what's not?
Where the Deer and Pronghorn Roam by Kim Vicariu, The Wildlands Project
Wildlands connect mammals, birds, and other critical species to their homes, feeding and mating grounds, and more diverse gene pools. But a web
of roads and development is splintering these vital sanctuaries.Read more…
Haven for Wildlife...and Trash: The desert tranquility
that symbolizes The Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge contains
the largest refuge wilderness in the lower 48. But its close proximity
to the border has left it a dumping ground for illegal immigrant
and drug runner trash. Read
FEATURE: The Wild Colorado River
Wild Land or Disney Land?
With politicians manhandling the public process to satisfy private interests at the Grand Canyon, wilderness protection for the Colorado
River is running out of time. Is the canyon's wild river heart hurtling toward theme park status? Read more…
|BOOK OF THE SEASON
The Return of the Mexican Gray Wolf
For years, the Mexican gray wolf was hunted to the brink of extinction, until one woman took
on the challenge of restoring the animal to its natural habitat in Arizona's Blue Range.
In 1987, Bobbie Holaday formed the citizens'advocacy group "Preserve Arizona's Wolves" (PAWS)
and advocated nationally for protection of the wild lands in Arizona wolves call home.
Her book, The Return of the Mexican Gray Wolf, is a first-hand account of her crusade and is now available in bookstores. A wonderful gift for wolf enthusiasts!
THE ARIZONA WILDERNESS COALITION
Your Help, We CAN Protect Our Wildlands for the Future.
Arizona Wilderness Coalition appreciates the generous financial
support that we receive from private foundations and individuals.
With your kind support, we are poised to do some significant and
exciting work on behalf of wilderness protection. However, fundraising
remains an immediate priority.
foundations, large donors, and individuals may make tax-deductible
donations through our fiscal sponsor, The Wilderness Society. Please
make your checks payable to "The Wilderness Society"
and send them to:
Hoffman, Executive Director, AWC
P.O. Box 529
Alpine, AZ 85920
make note on the memo line of your check "For Arizona Wilderness
you have any questions, you can also contact our Executive Director,
Don Hoffman, at: email@example.com.
Or telephone: (928) 339-4426.
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Wild Land or Disneyland?
In Arizona, winter is the time to take the kids or the dog and get outside! Trek an untrekked
trail! Explore with friends! Take a look at our upcoming list of inventory trips, meetings, workshops, and other wild and crazy outdoors activities. Check 'em out…
Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel captured and treated
22 desert bighorn sheep in the Ironwood Forest National Monument in mid-December
to protect the animals from a disease outbreak--pink eye--that can cause blindness
if not treated. Biologists say 13 of the captured bighorn sheep had the bacterial
infection. Sheep donít necessarily die directly from the disease, but they inhabit
areas with steep cliffs, where blind animals can easily die falling. Blind bighorns
are also easy prey for mountain lions.
Game and Fish Department wildlife experts say that, based on what they saw during
the capture operation, it appears the disease outbreak is concentrated around
the main portion of the Silver Bell Mountains, which are located in the Ironwood
Forest National Monument.
The bighorn sheep population in the Silver Bell Mountains
is biologically and
historically significant because it is the last naturally occurring bighorn
population in the central part of Arizona and dates back to the Pleistocene
era. The Silver Bell Mountains are located approximately 30 miles northwest
THE WILD THINGS ARE...
Watching wildlife is becoming a major economic pulse in
Arizona and around the nation. Nearly 1.5 million people set off to watch wildlife
in Arizona in 2001, spending more than $830 million dollars while they were
at it. State income and sales tax as a result of the wildlife watching industry--from
tourist purchases and siphoned from wildlife-related jobs--totaled more than
$46 million in 2001.
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service