The White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) is very pleased to invite our members to become official Wilderness Stewards for wilderness areas on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. This opportunity is available through our special partnership with the Arizona Wilderness Coalition which developed and manages this statewide program. Stewards will participate in a one day training and then will serve as volunteers of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The duties can vary but for the most part the Stewards serve as the eyes of the US Forest Service – observing and reporting on wilderness conditions including recreational impacts, visitor use, trail conditions, presence of non-native plants, etc. The minimum time commitment is for the Stewards to spend two days per year visiting their chosen Wilderness Area(s) although most Stewards are more active. Please read more (below) about this fun and exciting program, and we hope you can join us at the training on May 16!
Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Alpine Ranger Station, Alpine Arizona
Directions will be provided in your registration packet.
Additional details will be provided soon!
The Wild Stew program is a statewide program developed by the Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC). Wild Stew represents 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.
Please note: Normally you must attend at least one (1) AWC-led Wild Stew field event prior to applying for the Individual Steward Training. However, the required attendance of at least one (1) AWC-led Wild Stew field event prior to applying for the Individual Steward Training will be waived for WMCL members due to the ongoing partnership with AWC.
Sign up for the May 16th training at:
Be sure to identify yourself as a WMCL member. Thank you! Not a member? No problem. Join by subscribing to the League’s newsletter at http://azwmcl.org. It’s free!