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2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!

Join us to discover Arizona's wilderness areas and to celebrate your wild place!

Please RSVP only when you are ready to secure a spot on a Wild Stew trip, as we are limited to 15 people in wilderness areas. You will be prompted to create a Meetup account or signin to Meetup (also via Facebook). Meetup is free and does not sell or rent your information to third parties.



Tamarix spp. Removal, Apache Creek Wilderness © AWC

September 12-14: Apache Creek Wilderness, Prescott National Forest

It was three years ago that AWC Wilderness Stewards backpacked through Apache Creek Wilderness to look for non-native plants. Unfortunately, we found Tamarix, an invasive, non-native plant species from Asia that out competes native plants and alters entire ecosystems. The good news is that we are getting ahead of this situation and will continue remediation efforts on this September trip. This will be a two-night event in the heart of Apache Creek Wilderness - we will hike in mid-day on Friday and return Sunday Additional information and Trip Details!

About Apache Creek Wilderness
Remote, and relatively rugged, Apache Creek Wilderness offers rolling hills of juniper and pinion pine interspersed with outcroppings of granite boulders and ponderosa pine. Time, wind, and water have smoothed the rock, providing excellent habitat for mountain lions and numerous bird species. Three natural springs feed several important riparian ecosystems, including Apache Creek itself. Apache Creek Wilderness is 5,666 acres, with elevations ranging from 5,280 feet to 6,970 feet.

Trip Details: Trip Information!
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Apache Creek Wilderness, September 12-14

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Castle Creek Wilderness © AWC

September 27-28: Castle Creek Wilderness, Prescott National Forest

Join us as we head into the heart of Castle Creek Wilderness to monitor for and remove invasive plant species. Additional details coming soon.

About Castle Creek Wilderness
This rugged 25,215-acre wilderness lies on the southern most portion of the Bradshaw Mountains overlooking the Agua Fria National Monument to the southeast. With elevations ranging from over 7,000ft all the way down to 2,800ft, this wilderness offers a large diversity of plant and animal life. Numerous drainages cut into the granite geology forming riparian areas, which have been a lure for wildlife and human cultures for centuries. Evidence of past human inhabitants is found in the forms of petroglyphs, prehistoric ruins, and old homestead sites.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Castle Creek Wilderness, October 4-5

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Wilderness Steward Collecting Data, Mt. Wrightson Wilderness

October 10th (Friday): Individual Wilderness Steward Training, TBD (Prescott or Phoenix)

The Wild Stew program is more than just our AWC-led field events, we also have a cadre of trained individuals who serve as Wilderness Stewards on their own time. Individual Stewards receive training on wilderness philosophy and history, federal wilderness management policy, field monitoring protocols and techniques, first aid, backcountry travel preparedness, and more. This one-day training prepares you to collect field data while you are exploring one of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas.

We request your commitment to monitor wilderness conditions twice per year, either in different locations or at an adopted area. Simply observe and report, all while enjoying the outdoors. Learn more about the Individual Wilderness Steward Training.

Note: You must have attended at least one (1) Wild Stew field event prior to applying
Details: Class details are provided with confirmed registration
Class Size: 15

RSVP for Individual Wilderness Steward Training, October 10th

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

West Clear Creek Wilderness © AWC

October 25-26: West Clear Creek Wilderness, Coconino National Forest

Despite the fact that West Clear Creek Wilderness is only one-half mile to two miles wide, the canyon offers wonderful opportunities for solitude. As for beauty, serenity, and complexity, the hiking is rarely exceeded in Arizona. Wild, primitive, and trail-less, the canyon bottom is narrow and filled with water in places, requiring you to swim or wade if you hike the entire length. The U.S. Forest Service calls West Clear Creek Wilderness "one of the most rugged, remote canyons in northern Arizona." West Clear Creek Canyon, opening on the Verde River on the west, is the longest canyon cutting through the Mogollon Rim along the edge of the Colorado Plateau. The canyon's very steep walls reach as high as 1,000 feet. It extends about 20 miles eastward before splitting into Clover Creek and Willow Valley, which form the headwaters of West Clear Creek. Pine and fir grow higher up, pinion and juniper on the slopes, and along the creek is a riparian habitat dominated by sycamore, alder, and cottonwood. Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for West Clear Creek Wilderness, October 25-26

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Mazatzal Wilderness © AWC

November 8-9: Mazatzal Wilderness, Tonto National Forest

The 250,517-acre Mazatzal Wilderness is as unique as it is expansive. The northernmost edges skirt up against the Mogollon Rim and the largest contiguous ponderosa pine stand in the world. This area provides unique contrasts between the stream-side environments and surrounding high desert as well as desert grassland and chaparral vegetation. The watersheds have carved out a deep rugged canyon with attendant riparian habitat and supporting a wealth of wildlife and vegetation. A 23.5-mile segment of the Verde River is within the Mazatzals and is designated as “Wild.” Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Mazatzal Wilderness, November 8-9

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Volunteers in Apache Creek Wilderness © AWC

November 14: Volunteer Appreciation Night! Phoenix

It’s time to celebrate the heart of the Wild Stew program - you! Our field volunteers and Individual Stewards are what make this program tick, and we can’t wait to have cake & eat it too! Additional details to follow, but mark your calendar!

Location: Arizona Wilderness Brewing, Gilbert
Work Type: Celebrating

RSVP for Volunteer Appreciation Night, November 14

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

Four Peaks Wilderness © AWC

December 13-14: Four Peaks Wilderness, Tonto National Forest

Located at the southern end of the Mazatzal Mountains in the Tonto National Forest, Four Peaks Wilderness encompasses 60,740 acres and was designated by the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984. The tallest of the ‘four peaks’ is Brown’s Peak (7,657’) which is also the tallest peak in Maricopa County. Elevations within the wilderness can differ by as much as 5,000’ feet making for very diverse flora, fauna and weather. Four Peaks Wilderness is also notable for the high-grade amethyst quartz found within the 1.5 billion year old granite comprising the upper elevations. Additional details coming soon.

Trip Details: Coming Soon
Volunteers Needed: 15
Work Type: Monitoring

RSVP for Four Peaks Wilderness, December 13-14

For more information contact Sam Frank, AWC Central Arizona Director, 928-350-2204

 

 

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