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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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Stewardship Training in Cedar Bench Wilderness

The Arizona Wilderness Coalition in collaboration with the Friends of the Verde River is excited to announce a special hands-on experience that will introduce you to the concept of wilderness stewardship. Join us for this two-day event in Prescott National Forest's beautiful Cedar Bench Wilderness. Learn More & Register Now!

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

The Big Outdoors is Big Business

Arizona’s public lands are a huge economic driver, with outdoor recreation generating $21.2 billion in consumer spending annually, and 201,000 direct jobs. Read the latest report from the Outdoor Industry Association here.

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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