PUBLIC LANDS


Arizona is blessed with over 30 million acres of public lands –
yes, those are YOUR lands to enjoy!


Since 1923, AWF has been deeply rooted in bringing together diverse communities and stakeholders to find uniquely Arizonan solutions for our public lands and the wildlife that rely on them.



Our public lands have a myriad of resources, the use and management of which provide jobs that drive our economy. This includes energy development, logging, grazing, agriculture, and outdoor recreation. Our public lands are also home to a diverse array of wildlife. In the past, the uses of our public lands have not always been balanced with the needs of the wildlife that rely on them. Additionally, bad public lands bills that attempt to take away and privatize our public lands are regularly introduced in our state and federal legislatures. These are bills that would reduce access to our lands as well as hunting, fishing, and other recreational opportunities. We believe there’s a better way.

We must protect access to our public lands and promote the conservation of wildlife habitats. That requires all hands on deck and unique ideas: 

    • We work directly with our legislators to educate them on public lands issues and advocate for the best public land policies.

    • We provide teachers with educational resources to teach about wildlife and conservation in their classrooms.

    • We bring together diverse outdoor recreationists to advocate for important conservation and recreation areas.

    • We engage our members, like you, to petition, email, and call legislators to pass important conservation-focused bills and fight bad public lands bills.

    Through our actions, we have secured funding for the Great American Outdoors Act (and the Land and Water Conservation Fund), fought against the privatization of Arizonans’ favorite public lands, shaped Forest Management plans to ensure they are based in science, and ensured access to incredible places like the Santa Rita Wilderness.

    There’s still more to do, like protecting the Grand Canyon from uranium mining, safeguarding the habitats of endangered animals, and ensuring safe, connected corridors for migrating wildlife. Fortunately, more and more Arizonans are coming together to promote conservation of and access to our public lands. Check out our current campaigns below and help protect Arizona’s incredible trails, parks, and other unique public lands by donating today.

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    ACTION THROUGH ADVOCACY

    When we put our voices together, decision makers listen. 

    That’s why we ask you to take action on key issues by signing petitions, sending emails to decision makers, calling them, or tagging them on social media, etc.

    Below are our current campaigns that you can take action on to make a big difference:


    TELL YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT THE RECOVERING AMERICA'S WILDLIFE ACT 

    The crisis facing our nation’s fish and wildlife is daunting. More than one-third of all species in the United States are at risk of becoming threatened or endangered unless we proactively implement on-the-ground conservation measures. The Recovering America’ s Wildlife Act presents a solution that meets the magnitude of the challenge, and would represent the largest investment in conservation funding in more than a generation. Learn More 


    EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW




    PROTECT THE GRAND CANYON FROM TOXIC URANIUM MINING

    Nothing is worth surrendering one of America’s last great places, the Grand Canyon – especially toxic uranium mining. The practice is a known pollution risk to our natural resources, the economy of Northern Arizona, and the communities that depend on Colorado River water. Learn More  


    TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THE GRAND CANYON



    ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS TO PRIORITIZE WILDLIFE RESILIENCE IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    As conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts, and sportsmen, we have a responsibility to confront climate change, to protect our wildlife, outdoor heritage, and ensure its future for generations to come. Learn More 


    EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW



    RECENT FACTSHEETS AND POSITION PAPERS

    Want to dig deeper into the issues? Check out our recent research, recommendations, and more:

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