Welcome

Formed in 1992, the Arizona Heritage Alliance is a bi-partisan, non-profit 501 c 3 organization that is funded solely with private donations, grants and memberships.  The Alliance’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Arizona’s historic, cultural and natural heritage. Our goals include:

  • Protecting the integrity and voter intent of the Game and Fish Heritage Fund.
  • Monitoring state legislative and agency activity.
  • Pursuing sustainable and dedicated funding sources for Arizona’s historic, cultural and natural initiatives, programs and activities.
  • Educating people of Arizona about the benefits of Arizona’s wildlife, open space, parks and historic and cultural resources.

Each year we join other conservationists and environmentalists from across the State and actively participate in Environmental Day at the Capitol. During the year we attend statewide conferences and forums speaking on behalf of Arizona’s historic, cultural and natural assets.

On June 30, 2022 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the state budget for FY 2022/23, including $2.5 million to fund the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund. Through a matching grant process to be developed by the Arizona State Parks Board in consultation with staff of Arizona State Parks & Trails and the State Historic Preservation Office, the monies in the State Parks Heritage Fund will be allocated as follows:

  • 50% on local, regional, and state parks for outdoor recreation and open space development, restoration, or renovation,
  • 30% on local, regional, and state historic preservation projects,
  • 10% on local, regional, and state non-motorized trails, and
  • 10% on outdoor and environmental education

While the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund appropriations was cut in half from $5 million last fiscal year to $2.5 million this fiscal year, the State Legislature and Governor approved other significant funding for parks, trails, historic preservation, and wildlife conservation. Over and above funding for the staffing and operations of Arizona Game & Fish and Arizona State Parks & Trails (the two state agencies that the Arizona Heritage Alliance advocates for every day), investments were made for the following initiatives:

  • Historic Resources: Arizona Historical Society; Arizona Mining, Mineral & National Resources Museum; Arizona Pioneers’ Home; Fort Whipple Homeless Veterans Housing; Prescott Historical Society; State Capitol Renovations; historic building renovations at Jerome State Historic Park, Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park; Arizona Dude Ranch Registry; and State Archives Born Digital Record Preservation Study.
  • Natural Resources: Arizona Trail; campground, solar shade, smartphone accessibility, and water conservation projects at state parks statewide; specific improvements at Catalina State Park, Dead Horse State Park, and Rockin’ River Ranch State Park; and mitigation of drought conditions affecting wildlife and sportsfish.

In addition, the Alliance has always supported the leveraging of funds from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with all related grant programs managed by state and local governments. The Alliance applauds the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of the Interior that $5,695,464 from the LWCF will be invested in Arizona for outdoor recreation and conservation efforts, strengthening public lands and waters, building new outdoor spaces, and expanding access to outdoor recreation.

At the Alliance’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Andy Gorman, one of the original designers of the Arizona Heritage Fund was the organization’s guest speaker.  Mr. Gorman shared how a bi-partisan coalition came together to draft the bill, gather the signatures for the citizen’s initiative and help educate Arizona citizens about the value of the Heritage Fund thus getting it passed by 60% to 40%.  Listen to Mr. Gorman’s empowering speech as presented at the 2018 Arizona Heritage Alliance’s Annual meeting. To learn more about the history of the Arizona Heritage Fund, the positive impact it has had across Arizona over the last 25 years and the current Arizona Game and Fish Heritage Grant programs, please download our fact sheet (and feel free to pass one it one to your friends and colleagues) 2022 AHA Fact Sheet.

Officers

  • The Honorable Russ Jones, President, Phoenix (2022)
  • Jim McPherson, Vice President, Phoenix (2024)
  • Bonnie Bariola, Secretary, Florence (2023)
  • Kathleen Roediger, Treasurer, Phoenix (2023)

Board Members

  • Matthew Aguilar, Phoenix (2022)
  • Natalya Brown, Queen Creek (2023)
  • The Honorable Sam Campana, Scottsdale (2023)
  • The Honorable Steve Farley, Tucson (2023)
  • Pam Jones, Casa Grande (2024)
  • Sreekar Krishna, Chandler (2022)
  • Bryan Martyn, Gilbert (2023)
  • Bill Meek, Phoenix (2023)
  • Janice Miano, Phoenix (2024)
  • The Honorable William (Bill) Mundell, Paradise Valley (2023)
  • William Thornton, Tucson (2023)
  • Cheyenne Walsh, Phoenix (2023)
  • Dale Wiebusch, Phoenix (2023)
  • Woody Wilson, Tempe (2024)

Board of Directors’ Advisory Committee

  • Margaret Bohannan, Scottsdale/Flagstaff
  • Peter Culp, Sedona
  • Don Farmer, Scottsdale
  • Jim Holway, Phoenix
  • William H. McLean, Gold Canyon
  • Kent A. Taylor, Casa Grande
  • Bob White, Mesa

Staff

Private Sector Supporters

Coppersmith Brockelman PLC ~ Culp & Kelly LLPDave Bang Associates, Inc.  ~ L. L. Consulting ~ ~Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council ~ Pinetop-Lakeside TRACKS   ~ Skinner & Company LLC ~ Strategies 360 ~ Summit Hut ~ Will Bruder Architects

Public Sector Partners

City of Apache Junction ~ City of Avondale ~ City of Benson ~ City of Bisbee ~ City of Bullhead City ~ City of Casa Grande ~ City of Douglas ~ City of Flagstaff ~ City of Glendale ~ City of Goodyear ~ City of Kingman ~ City of Lake Havasu ~ City of Page ~ City of Peoria ~ City of Phoenix ~ City of Scottsdale ~ City of Sedona ~ City of Show Low ~ City of Sierra Vista Parks & Recreation ~ City of Somerton ~ City of Tucson Parks & Recreation ~ City of Wilcox ~ City of Williams ~ City of Winslow ~ City of Yuma Parks & Recreation ~ Cochise County ~ Coconino County ~ Coconino County Parks & Recreation ~ Hualapai Tribe ~ La Paz County ~ Maricopa County Parks & Recreation ~ Pima County ~ Town of Buckeye ~ Town of Camp Verde Parks & Recreation ~ Town of Fountain Hills ~ Town of Gila Bend ~ Town of Gilbert ~ Town of Huachuca City ~ Town of Jerome ~ Town of Mammoth ~ Town of Marana ~ Town of Oro Valley ~ Town of Payson ~ Town of Prescott Valley ~ Town of Quartzsite ~ Town of Queen Creek ~ Town of Sahuarita ~ Town of Snowflake ~ Town of Springerville ~ Town of Superior ~ Town of Wellton ~ Town of Wickenburg ~ Yavapai County ~ Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe ~ White Mountain Apache Tribe

State and Regional Partners

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits ~ Archaeology Southwest ~ Arizona Audubon Council ~ Arizona Commission of the Arts ~ Arizona Forward ~Arizona Game & Fish ~ Arizona Game & Fish Heritage Fund Public Advisory Committee ~Arizona Humanities Council ~ Arizona League of Conservation Voters ~ Arizona Native Plant Society ~ Arizona Open Land Trust ~ Arizona Parks & Recreation Association ~ Arizona Preservation Foundation ~ Arizona Riparian Council Arizona State Parks & Trails ~ Arizona State Parks Foundation ~ Arizona Trail Association ~ Arizona Wilderness Coalition ~ Arizona Wildlife Federation  ~ Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ~ Audubon Arizona ~ Center for Desert Archaeology ~ Environmental Fund for Arizona ~ Fort Apache Heritage Foundation ~ League of Arizona Cities and Towns  ~ Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation ~  Wildlife Conservation Council ~ Wild at Heart Raptors

Local Partners

Arizona Antelope Foundation ~ Audubon Society, Northern Arizona ~ Audubon Society, Prescott ~ Audubon Society, White Mountain ~ Audubon Society, Yuma ~ Casa Malpais Archaeological Site ~ County Line Riders of Catalina, Inc. ~ Cultural Exchange Council of Tucson ~ Deer Valley Rock Art Center ~ Desert Awareness Committee of Carefree/Cave Creek ~ Cave Creek Museum ~ Desert Foothills Land Trust ~ Florence Preservation Foundation ~Friends of Catalina State Park ~ Hopi Foundation ~ International Sonoran Desert Alliance ~ Jerome Historical Society ~ Mogollon Sporting Association ~ Mohave Sportsman Club ~ Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix ~ Old Pueblo Archaeology Center ~ Open Space Alliance of Central Yavapai ~ Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council ~ Pima Trails Association ~ Prescott Audubon Society ~ Save Our Sonoran, Inc. ~ Sharlot Hall Historical Society ~ Snowflake Heritage Foundation ~ Snowflake Tourism, Inc. ~ Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce ~ Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, Tucson ~ The Center for Biological Diversity ~ The Herberger Theater ~ Tubac Chamber of Commerce ~ White Mountain Audubon Society ~ White Tanks Concerned Citizens, Inc. ~ Winslow Historic Preservation Commission ~ Yavapai Trails Association ~ Yuma Valley Rod & Gun Club

National Partners

National Trust for Historic Preservation ~ Nature Conservancy ~ Preservation Action ~ Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter