About the Chiricahua Regional Council

The Chiricahua Regional Council is a citizen’s watchdog group that monitors public agency actions and other issues affecting the Chiricahua, Peloncillo and Dragoon Mountains, and nearby areas of southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and adjacent northern Mexico.

We protect valuable, intact habitats and champion the region’s natural and cultural integrity. Dark skies, open space, outstanding species diversity, corridors that link habitats, our ranching heritage––all of these values make our region what it is. Together, these treasures draw tens of thousands of visitors annually, all contributing to nature tourism, which underpins our regional economy.

The CRC promotes responsible land use and wise, science-informed stewardship of our unique natural heritage. Our broad constituency includes scientists, ranchers, birders, naturalists, astronomers, artists, residents, visitors, and many others, who value our region’s spectacular qualities.

We cordially invite you to join our efforts.

CRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: your donations to our work are tax deductible.

Current Issues

Learn more about our current priority issues and how you can take action to protect the beautiful and sensitive areas in and around the Chiricahua mountains!

  • CRC Comments on Proposed Marijuana Grow Facility
    In February 2021, Jeffrey Holmes applied to Cochise County for a Special Use permit for a marijuana growing and retail facility on Foothills Road….
  • CRC Comments on Proposed South Fork Development
    The primary goal of the Chiricahua Regional Council is to protect valuable intact habitats in the Chiricahua Ecosystem Management Area and private lands in…
  • Action Alert for South Fork!
    Your comments are needed on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for a new development within the riparian area of South Fork, Cave Creek Canyon….
  • Major Threat to Guadalupe Canyon
    Border wall construction has begun in Guadalupe Canyon. The contractor has already begun to blast and bulldoze the canyon and adjacent uplands. We do still have…

Stewardship Projects

The Stewardship Program at the Chiricahua Regional Council rests on the principle that people and non-profits collaborating together can have a positive impact on the land.

Portal Peak after the rain © Narca Moore

Become a Member

A one-year Chiricahua Regional Council membership costs $25. When issues arise affecting the Chiricahua–Peloncillo–Dragoon region, we inform our membership of the problem and recommend actions to remedy the situation. These notices come at irregular (and, thankfully, infrequent) intervals––however, when action has been needed, our members have risen to the challenge and have been very effective at protecting the local biological and cultural values.

Our Board of Directors

  • Wynne Brown, President
  • Noel Snyder, Vice President
  • Eskild Petersen, Treasurer
  • Michele Lanan, Secretary
  • Josiah Austin
  • David Hodges
  • Narca Moore
  • Dirk Sigler
  • Helen Snyder