For those outstanding trails, lands, and waters that deserve the certainty of permanent protection, we organize support for legislation and special designations. AWC’s Permanent Protections Program focuses on the Sky Islands, the Grand Canyon Bioregion, the Mogollon Wildway, and other regions where citizens and legislators have come together to advance proposals to conserve land and resources for the long term.

Legislation and designations that we advocate for include:

  • The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, securing the permanent withdrawal from uranium mining in 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.
  • The Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act, establishing a National Wildlife Corridors System to protect and restore native species and their habitat in the United States that have been diminished by habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Wild and Scenic designations along sections of the Colorado River, upper Verde River watershed, and the Gila River Watershed.