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. Stewards are created when individuals assemble to work toward tangible goals like trail restoration and erosion control. The CRC has the expertise and experience to develop and manage efforts in conservation stewardship.

Natural habitats benefit from well designed projects that adhere to a core set of values that considers the health of the biological resources first.

We will always advocate for sound management practices by the governmental agencies charged with protecting public land in our region. Using established science as the basis for our work, we seek to engage volunteers interested in having a direct positive involvement with the land.

The goal of stewardship at the CRC is twofold. 1) increase volunteer participation by the local community on public land projects and 2) accomplish real results on both ranchlands and the forest through funded projects.

Currently the CRC is planning to restore the entire South Fork Trail #243. We will facilitate the organizing and financing to partner with organized paid crews of young adults.

Examples of stewardship projects either currently active or under development at the CRC:

Recruiting and training local volunteers for trail maintenance, spring restoration, boundary monitoring, and recreation management.

In an era of climate change that has brought us mega-fires and the severe effects of drought it has become more important than ever that we all become land stewards.

“…that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, animals, or collectively: the land.” —Aldo Leopold

Removing invasives at Guadalupe Canyon

Removing invasives at Guadalupe Canyon

This week, a few of us went to Guadalupe Canyon along the international border east of Douglas to remove invasive grass. Five determined individuals — and one dog — spent Tuesday pulling up clumps of Lehmann lovegrass, an invasive, flammable, introduced bunchgrass that outcompetes native grasses. This particular plant thrives in disturbed areas, such as…

Trail work commences on the South Fork Trail

Trail work commences on the South Fork Trail

The largest group to tackle trail work in Cave Creek Canyon in years assembled at the South Fork trailhead on October 3, 2021. The Chiricahua Regional Council’s Stewardship Program was instrumental in assembling this collaborative effort of the Chiricahua Wilderness Trail Crew and Wild Arizona’s Wild Stew Field Crew. It was the first of several…