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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!


Tonto National Forest

The Tonto National Forest (TNF) is revising its far-reaching Land and Resource Management Plan. The “Needs to Change” document is open for public comment until January 11, 2017. You can learn more here. Stay tuned for upcoming meetings regarding wilderness recommendations. These will be important opportunities to voice the need to conserve more wild places on the TNF.


Sonoran Desert National Monument

The Bureau of Land Management released its Proposed Resource Management Plan Amendment regarding how recreational target shooting should be managed in the Monument. This National Monument harbors extensive archeological and ecological resources that deserve protection. Inadequately managed target shooting has threatened key values that the Monument was established to conserve. Comments may be submitted until March 15, 2017. Learn more here.

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

State of Arnett Creek

AWC is preparing for an extensive restoration project along Arnett Creek this fall and we've consulted with Tucson Audubon Society to conduct ecological surveys. Read more about leaping leopard frogs and project goals from TAS Conservation Director, Jonathan Horst. 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.





-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement