AWF is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organizations to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.


The AWF is an all-volunteer, statewide association of people interested in the present and future well-being of Arizona’s wildlife, wildlife habitat and natural systems.


These conservationists believe our wildlife heritage should not be jeopardized by any activity that fails to ensure its long-term health and sustainability.

91st Annual Meeting of the Arizona Wildlife Federation


The Arizona Wildlife Federation held its 91st annual meeting at Hart Prairie Preserve followed by its annual Conservation Achievement Awards dinner on June 7, 2014. Affiliate organizations represented were: Arizona Predator Callers, AZ Council of Trout Unlimited, Arizona Wildlife Education Foundation, Verde Natural Resources Conservation District, Arizona Antelope Foundation, and the Arizona State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Association. Pat Madden, Arizona Game & Fish Commissioner was the guest speaker.


The AWF ratified a Resolution regarding Travel Management on National Forests in Arizona. Follow AWF 2014 Travel Management Resolution to read the resolution. The annual elections of the board for the 2014-2015 year included:

President - Tom Mackin

Vice President of Conservation and Operations - Brad Powell

NWF Representative – Bob Vahle

Alt NWF Representative – Brad Powell

Legislative Liaison – Sarah Luna

Board members reelected for a 2 year term were: Region 4 Director - Val Morrill and Region 6 Director - Mike Matthiesen along with Directors at Large – Duane Nelson, Jody Latimer and Ben Alteneder. President, Tom Mackin, appointed Jerry Thorson – Treasurer, Valerie Morrill – Secretary, Director at Large – Brian Wakeling and Glen Dickens


A series of awards were presented at the dinner:

Conservation Organization of the Year – Friends of the Cliffs

Thomas E McCullough Award Professional Category – Chris Parrish

Education Conservationist of the Year - Bobby Goitia

Government Agency Conservationists of the Year – Dick Fleishman & Henry Provencio

Media Conservationist of the Year – John Underwood


Follow 2014 AWF Award Winners to read more about the award winners

AWF President, Tom Mackin, Receives

Field & Stream Monthly Hero Award

The past century’s conservation achievements of successfully restoring big game wildlife are now at risk from the pervasive effects of climate change. Big game watchers, photographers and hunters, as well as outdoor recreational businesses and wildlife managers, all have a vested interest and a role to play in safeguarding big game and their habitats in the face of climate change. In the report, Nowhere to Run: Big Game Wildlife in a Warming World,
 NWF addresses the potential effects of climate change on eight of the most common or widespread big game species: white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, black bear and caribou; and recommends steps to protect both big game and the outdoor economy that depends on them.

To read the report click

Nowhere to Run

Register for the 2015 Deluxe BOW BOW Deluxe 2015 Registration Packet

Want to know more about BOW? A Utube video produced by Mike Rolfe featuring the Becoming an Outdoors Woman sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation can be found at

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BOW is on Facebook  Arizona Becoming an Outdoors Woman

Sandra Nagiller BOW Scholarship Fund


A Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) scholarship fund has been set up in memory of our past board member Sandra Nagiller. Sandra was a wonderful woman and she was the essence of a true outdoor woman so it is only fitting that we carry on her legacy through the BOW program, sponsored by the AWF. You can contribute to the fund by following this link


Read the Current AWF Newsletter

Arizona Wildlife News

Fall 2014

Do you have an informative article that would interest our readers of the Arizona Wildlife News magazine? If so, we would like to read it. Please send it to  If approved your article will appear in the next available quarterly issue.