ABOUT AWF



Since 1923, we have been uniting Arizonans and decision makers around science-based solutions to conserve and protect our state’s wildlife, wildlife habitat, and public lands for generations to come.




The Arizona Wildlife Federation is dedicated to educating, inspiring, and assisting individuals and organization to value, conserve, enhance, manage, and protect wildlife and wildlife habitat. 

We believe Arizona’s wildlife and public lands define our state and provide our families with world class recreation opportunities. Every day, we work on behalf of Arizonans to advocate for science-based wildlife management, access to our state’s incredible public lands, and provide opportunities for Arizonans to learn the skills that help them pursue the outdoor activities the Southwest is known for. In 2019, The National Wildlife Federation honored the Arizona Wildlife Federation for its unparalleled work to protect Arizona’s wildlife heritage and natural resources for future generations (read more here).

Over the past 100 years we have:

    • helped lead the fight to protect the Grand Canyon from uranium mining.

    • lead the effort to create Arizona Public lands Day celebrating the richness, diversity, and beauty of our public lands.

    • garnered bipartisan support for funding that benefits wildlife and public lands.

    • helped over 3,000 women gain skills and confidence in the outdoors.

    • continued to keep wildlife issues and the needs of sportsmen and women on the radar of our legislators.

    • saved thousands of acres of public lands from being taken over by private interest groups.

    • … and more.

    … and, with your support, we will continue this legacy for generations to come.

    Protecting Arizona’s wildlife and their habitats is essential to keep our state thriving. However, Arizona’s wildlife and public lands are facing more threats than ever, from increased development, habitat loss, climate change, and more.

    We believe in science-based, Commission guided wildlife management:

    Image by George Andrejko for the Arizona Game and Fish Department

    Since the founding of the organization, one of AWF’s primary goals has been the establishment and maintenance of a Commission form of wildlife administration, free of political influence. We continue to work with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and Commissioners to assure that science-based best practices are used in the management of wildlife and habitat in Arizona.

    Our objectives include:

        • Promoting legislation dealing with conservation of our natural resources, the protection of the rights of Arizona outdoorsmen, and the improvement of outdoor recreation.
        • Vigorous and impartial support of enforcement of all state and federal conservation laws pertaining to the management of fish and wildlife.
        • Encouraging conservation education in our schools.
        • Promoting responsible outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, through scientific principles and the practice of multiple use of the public lands of Arizona.
        • Engaging individuals in hands-on conservation efforts that enhance and restore wildlife habitat.
      If you would like a copy of the AWF's Strategic Plan you can download it here (PDF).

        Want to know more about how we got our start? Check out “A Short History of the Arizona Wildlife Federation” by Steve Gallizioli, and “Arizona Game Protection Association Historical Sketch” by Max Layton, both of which can be read and downloaded here (PDF). 

        OUR STAFF

        EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
        Scott Garlid
        C: 480-487-4663
        scott@azwildlife.org

        OUTREACH DIRECTOR
        Nikki Julien
        C: 480-532-6423
        nikki@azwildlife.org

        ADVOCACY AND CONSERVATION DIRECTOR

        Michael Cravens
        C: 314-401-5651
        michael@azwildlife.org

        BECOMING AN OUTDOORS-WOMAN (BOW) ADMINISTRATOR
        Kim Kreuzer
        C: 480-201-7456
        bow@azwildlife.org

        VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
        volunteer@azwildlife.org

        BOARD OF DIRECTORS


        OFFICERS AND APPOINTMENTS

        PRESIDENT
        Brad Powell
        president@azwildlife.org

        VICE-PRESIDENT-OPERATIONS
        Glen Dickens
        gbdickens@comcast.net

        VICE-PRESIDENT – CONSERVATION
        Glen Dickens
        gbdickens@comcast.net

        SECRETARY
        John Hamill
        hamilldsrt50@msn.com

        NWF REPRESENTATIVE
        Bob Vahle
        bvpinetop@frontiernet.net

        TREASURER
        Amanda Moors
        email


        BOARD MEMBERS AT LARGE

        Valerie Morrill
        val@azwildlife.org

        Mike Matthiesen
        mcmaz3310@aol.com

        Trica Oshant Hawkins
        trica@azwildlife.org

        Ben Alteneder
        balteneder@azwildlife.org

        Steve Clark
        stevec@arizonaelksociety.org

         


        REGIONAL DIRECTORS

        Arizona Wildlife Federation divides the state into regions in the same manner as the Arizona Game and Fish Department. This map depicts each of those regions and the members of our Board of Directors who serve as directors for each area.

        Region 1: Bob Vahle
        bvpinetop@frontiernet.net

        Region 2: Travis Woolley
        travis.woolley@gmail.com

        Region 3: Loyd Barnett
        region3director@azwildlife.org

        Region 4: Pat Headington
        yumahuntered@gmail.com

        Region 5: Duane Aubuchon

        Region 6: Amanda Moors
        amoors@cableone.net


        AFFILIATES

        Working together, the AWF and affiliated organizations are better able to address the various conservation concerns that we have in common. This close association allows our voices to be combined on issues and amplifies our messages which reach local, state, and national levels. Though we have a common purpose in the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat, each affiliate organization has their own distinct mission and values. At AWF, we consider that diversity in perspectives and purposes our greatest asset and what sets us apart from other wildlife organizations in the state.

        Non-profits and government agencies can apply for affiliate membership. Yearly fee is $100. 

        Interested in becoming an affiliate? Click here to learn more!

        Our affiliates... 










        WE ARE NOT A WILDLIFE RESCUE

        Arizona Wildlife Federation is NOT a licensed wildlife rehabilitation facility, but here are some resources if you are in need:



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