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!
Meet Volunteer Extraordinaire Brian Barnes
We would like to thank the ineffable Brian Barnes for his commitment to the Wild Stew program. Brian might wear a computer software developer hat during the week, but that doesn't hide his volunteer superhero cape. Countless hours have been dedicated to wild spaces and we are honored to have Brian share so much of himself with the Wilderness Stewardship Program. Learn more.
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!
Wildfire and Public Land: An Interview with Kerwin Dewberry
Kerwin Dewberry is the Supervisor of the Coronado National Forest, which spans nearly 1.8 million acres of Sonoran and Chihuahuan Desert in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Very arid, this region is quite vulnerable to wildfire. We spoke with Kerwin recently regarding the important topic of wildfire on public lands. Read more.
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.
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.