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Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project

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Our Mission: The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is dedicated to bringing back wolves and restoring ecological health in the Grand Canyon region.

The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project (GCWRP) works collaboratively with partner organizations to educate and motivate the regional public to support wolf restoration. By creating meaningful opportunities for the public to learn about wolves, experience their habitat first-hand, interact with land managers and engage in public decision-making, we are making positive grassroots change to achieve improved and sustainable habitat conditions for wildlife, specifically wolves. Our goals are to compel leadership within the Grand Canyon National Park, surrounding land management agencies, and the regional community to help lead the way for the return of Mexican gray wolves, the most endangered subspecies of wolf in the world, to a suitable portion of their historic range in Arizona.

Because of the critical ecological role played by wolves, in 2004, concerned citizens and conservation leaders joined forces to form a new grassroots organization, to restore the wolf to its former range. In 2005, we were officially named the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Wolves are native to northern Arizona but were eradicated from the region in the early 1900s as part of a wolf extermination program. The Mexican gray wolf is now considered one of the most endangered mammals in North America, with a population of only about 110 individuals in the wild of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico.

With the help of our volunteers, over the last eight years we have held 43 events to build support for wolves, distributed information through tabling at over 60 public forums, and educated over 13,000 people from the U.S. and abroad by tabling at the North and South rims of Grand Canyon National Park and regional events. Our tabling campaign has generated over 3,000 post cards to the Southwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service expressing support for the recovery of wolves to the Grand Canyon region. We continue to build positive public enthusiasm for wolves through education programs in schools, outreach events, and communication with regional businesses.

Visit our Conservation Partners Page to see what other organizations support our mission to restore wolves in the Grand Canyon region.

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Emily Renn at PD colonyEmily Renn – Executive Director
Emily began working for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project in 2009. She completed her M.S. degree at Northern Arizona University in Biology with a focus on wildlife conservation biology, and B.S. in Biology with emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management. Her graduate research focused on the survival success of translocated Gunnison's prairie dogs in the Flagstaff area, and she continues to coordinate prairie dog translocations for colonies threatened by development or destruction. Her research has been published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. She was awarded the Roger Hungerford Student Award in 2009 by the Arizona Chapter of the Wildlife Society for significant contributions to the management and conservation of Arizona's wildlife through her work as a student. Emily currently serves on the board of Habitat Harmony, an organization that assists humans living in harmony with wildlife. She is also certified level II in Wildlife Track & Sign wildlife tracking by CyberTracker Conservation. Over the past 12 years, Emily has worked as a field biological technician, researcher, and environmental educator with many species of mammals and birds in northern Arizona. Emily is committed to working on behalf of declining and endangered wildlife and is excited to be a part of the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Contact Emily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Toni Prothero - Education and Outreach CoordinatorToni at the Alhambra 2012 138
Toni brings many years of experience to her position as education and outreach coordinator for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. She has been involved in education since 1985 and has taught in public schools in California, Washington, Arizona, and New Mexico. Toni has a Bachelor's degree in anthropology and a Master's degree in teaching, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to her experience in public education, she has been involved in animal welfare for the past 10 years as a member of the Association of Professional Humane Educators, as education and outreach director for the Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff, Arizona, and as a volunteer for the Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project. Toni lives in Flagstaff with her husband and two dogs with whom she enjoys exploring the southwest. Contact Toni at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Roxane George photoRoxane George – President of the Board
Roxane is a non-profit consultant with over 20 years non-profit experience, primarily in conservation work. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University and has been employed as the Executive Director of the Flagstaff Activist Network, Outreach Director for the Southwest Forest Alliance, and Grand Canyon Conservation Program Director for the Sierra Club-Grand Canyon Chapter. Her consulting services include facilitation, training, organizing, and fundraising. She has been actively involved with wolf conservation efforts and Mexican wolf advocacy in the Southwest for the last eight years.

LynneNemethphotoLynne Nemeth – Secretary of the Board
Lynne Nemeth is the Executive Director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Prior to moving to Flagstaff in 2006, she served as Executive Director of the Howard County Conservancy, a land trust and environmental education center in Maryland. She has an extensive background as a non-profit administrator, and has worked for environmental, health, human services, and arts organizations. She holds an M.M. in Music Performance, and an M.A. in Environmental Studies, and teaches a freshman seminar about endangered species at Northern Arizona University. She has researched and written special reports about philanthropy and presented papers about gray wolf (Canis lupus) conservation at national and international conferences. She is certified in Wildlife Handling and Chemical Immobilization, and has studied tracking with Paul Rezendes, John McCarter, and Jim Halfpenny. Nemeth has sung professionally, and currently performs with the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the Arizona Mountain Chorale. She lives with her husband, two horses, two cats and a dog, and seven chickens.

Sally Evans photoSally Evans – Treasurer of the Board
Sally has over thirty years of experience working with non-profits, state agencies, and small businesses. She is a Certified Research Administrator, and has expertise in federal grant management and general fiscal administration. Most recently, Sally has worked as the Operations and Contract Manager for the Ecosystem Science and Society Center at Northern Arizona University. She is a new retiree from the university.

Janice Przybyl BoardphotoJanice Przybyl — Board Member
Janice ardently believes that introducing people to wildlife tracking is a positive way to educate and energize individuals about nature and wildlife conservation. She has been organizing wildlife tracking workshops and classes since 2001. In 2003, she earned an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Prescott College with a master's thesis that explored the theoretical and practical framework for instituting a volunteer-based wildlife tracking project. That manuscript became the management model for the Wildlife Monitoring Program at Sky Island Alliance, a conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. As coordinator for the Program, Janice developed the instructional curriculum for training volunteers and designed the protocol for data collection. In addition, she worked with public policy makers and land managers to promote and ensure landscape permeability for wildlife. Moving from Tucson to New Mexico in 2010, Przybyl now lives near Quemado with her husband and dogs surrounded by breathtaking views of grasslands and mesas. She continues to organize introductory wildlife tracking workshops, primarily throughout the Mexican wolf recovery area of New Mexico and Arizona.

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