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.

A brief history of the origins of the CRC is available here. Our bylaws are available by request.

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!

  • Condolences on death of Jim Kolbe
    Chiricahua Regional Council sends our deep condolences to the family of Congressman Jim Kolbe. We are still profoundly grateful for the vital help he…
  • Decision on the South Fork Day Use project
    On October 11, 2022, the US Forest Service issued the below letter saying that they are “withdrawing the draft Decision Notice and Finding of…
  • Air Force deadline extended
    In response to strong community pressure and the comments of many of us submitted, the Air Force has extended the deadline for scoping comments…
  • CBP Webinar on Tucson Border Barrier Remediation Feedback
    The message below was sent out with regard to the CBP’s border remediation plan. We will attend and will report back on what we…

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.

  • Collaboration
    We value our collaboration with the Forest Service and are happy for the contributions our stewardship group has made this year with the work…
  • Progress on South Fork Trail
    A team of four volunteers led by John Sumner continued trail work in the Chiricahua Wilderness last week. The plan at this stage of…
  • National Public Lands Day 2022
    On September 24, 2022, the USFS and Korrina Rantz celebrated a National Public Lands Day volunteer event at the Visitor Information Center in Portal. …
  • Volunteer opportunities
    A number of volunteer events are planned for September and October as we ramp up the effort to complete the South Fork Trail (SFT)…
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
  • Curt Bradley
  • Philip Hedrick
  • David Hodges
  • Dirk Sigler
  • Helen Snyder

Our Advisory Council

  • Josiah Austin
  • Jim Downer
  • Paul Hirt
  • Narca Moore
  • Alice Wakefield
  • Richard Webster