The Wilderness Kiosk dedication celebrates 50 years of wilderness exploration opportunities for the public, made possible by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Yavapai Exceptional Industries constructed the kiosk. The information panels will be installed on site by volunteers of Arizona Wilderness Coalition, joined by local veterans and Forest Service staff.
A dedication presentation by Prescott College professor Doug Hulmes will provide background on the history of the Wilderness Act and Arizona’s 90 designated wilderness areas. Mr. Hulmes was instrumental in designation of wilderness areas such as Woodchute Wilderness, having testified before Congress in support of the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984.
This celebration also launches a series of four wilderness stewardship projects on the Prescott National Forest to be led by Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC) over the coming year. AWC provides specially trained volunteer crews to conduct monitoring and restoration on public lands. The “Wild Stew” program will conduct restoration projects this year in Sycamore Canyon, Pine Mountain, Apache Creek, Castle Creek and many additional wilderness areas across Arizona.
The Prescott National Forest has a long history of cooperating with Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Prescott College, and other partners to restore and maintain conditions on national forest lands. The Wilderness Kiosk project is made possible by a U.S. Forest Service grant through the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. This coming year’s projects on the Prescott National Forest are funded in part by the National Forest Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County, and private donations.
To learn more about the Wilderness Stewardship program and other programs and events of Arizona Wilderness Coalition, visit www.azwild.org .