Who We Are
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Our Mission: The Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project is dedicated to bringing back wolves to help restore 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.
Staff and Board
Emily Renn – Executive Director
Amy Knudsen - Education and Outreach Coordinator
Toni Prothero - Secretary of the Board
Toni brings many years of experience to her position as a board member and volunteer 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.
Sally 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 — President of the Board
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.
Becky Daggett, M.A. - Board Member
An Arizona native, Becky is currently the Communications Director for the Flagstaff Family Food Center and has been fundraising, leading non-profit organizations, and helping to craft public policy for approximately 15 years. Becky also helped to run campaigns to pass a sales tax and also bonds worth more than $50 million to build parks and protect open space around Flagstaff. Becky was the chair of the campaign that successfully convinced Flagstaff voters to reauthorize Flagstaff’s Bed, Board, and Beverage sales tax which funds the Flagstaff Arts Council and maintains Flagstaff’s parks and urban trail system. Becky is a Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy Fellow.