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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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Let's Celebrate Earth Day!

April 22nd
It's a time to remember how much we need those places where — in the words of the Wilderness Act — “the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man.” We’ve compiled some simple tips for treating Mother Earth more gently. Read more.


The Faces of Arizona Wilderness

The people who work to protect Arizona’s Wilderness are as varied as our state’s terrain, and they all share a passion for wilderness.

This month, meet Brian Stultz and Julie Polovitch, who are helping us restore and protect wilderness in central Arizona. Read more.


Doggone Wild! Photo Contest

And the winner of the Doggone Wild! photo contest is...drum roll, please...find out and watch a slideshow of our canine contestants.


Win a Jeep and Help AWC!

Get Your Ticket by May 31st!
How’d you like to pack up a new car for your next camping trip? Jim Click Automotive has donated a 2014 Jeep Cherokee to local nonprofits for a raffle and fundraiser, and 100% of your raffle ticket goes to AWC’s work.


Celebrate Your Wild Place! 50th Anniversary Celebration Launches New Website

Arizona launches a statewide website celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. See what activities are happening in your favorite wilderness areas!


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

Balancing Preservation and Development

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has released a strategy for a balanced approach to conservation and development across large landscapes. Given vexing challenges of meeting energy needs and equally pressing needs to preserve natural resources, such federal attention is essential. Learn more.


Jaguar Habitat in Arizona Protected

More than 1,100 square miles of southern Arizona and New Mexico have been designated as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action goes into effect April 4. Learn more.


Dollars and Sense: Wilderness and Nature Spur Arizona Economy

Wilderness indeed is a place for solitude and recreation, a source for clean air and clean water, a haven for wildlife. Yet in many places wilderness can act as an economic driver, as well. Learn more.


National Parks Bring in Big Bucks to AZ

Doug Ramsey, Public News Service
Arizona's National Parks and Monuments are pumping three-quarters of a billion dollars annually into the state's economy. A new report from the National Park Service shows just under 10 million people visited Arizona's National Park areas in 2012. With over 444,000 acres of wilderness under NPS management, many people don't realize that there is a lot of designated wilderness supporting a healthy economy in Arizona. Learn more.


Poll Finds Conservation Could Play Role in Upcoming Elections

A new poll has found that more than two-thirds of Arizona respondents — across party lines — were more likely to vote for a candidate who “supports enhancing protections for public lands like national forests.” Learn more.


Restoring Ecological Balance to the Santa Catalinas

Sixty years ago, the number of Desert bighorn sheep in Arizona had plummeted to fewer than 1,000. Today, after numerous translocations, bighorn numbers have improved to around 5,500. Learn why.


Our 2013 Annual Report is Now Available

We're pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 Annual Report is now available for viewing online. "Designations don't protect wild places - people do." and we thank you for your continued support of AWC. View/download the Annual Report.





-Arizona Wilderness Coalition mission statement