Steward Documents & Resources
Arizona Trail Segment Stewards are the “front line” volunteers who ensure a positive experience for trail users. Duties include:
- Hiking or riding the trail as often as necessary to assess conditions
- Routine maintenance (brush removal, tread repair, erosion control, etc.)
- Communication of trail conditions to the ATA and land managers
- Responding to queries from trail users
Prospective Segment Stewards should have participated in several work events and are familiar with the segment they wish to adopt. They will maintain their sections in a variety of ways – as an ongoing family activity, outings for a group of active friends and associates, or publicly advertised work events.
The Arizona Trail Association provides supervision, training and tools to help stewards. Segment Stewards work closely with land management agency staff and the Regional Stewards who are listed below.
To learn more about the duties of a Segment Steward or Regional Steward, download the Steward Job Description document.
On this page you can:
- Find Regional Stewards
- Submit Volunteer Hours
- Submit a volunteer event to the Volunteer Events Page
- Share Trail Condition Photos
- View Interactive Maps, Sign and Gate Inventory
- View and Print the Segment Steward Agreement
- View Steward Training Videos
- View and Print Sign-in and Liability Forms
- View and Print the Steward Trail Assessment Form
- View the Trail Brushing Guide, Cultural Resources Guide, and AZNST Sign Guidelines
- View Forest Service Trail Maintenance Information
- View Wilderness First Aid Information
Regional Stewards coordinate the work of Segment Stewards over a larger stretch of the trail. They provide a broader, landscape-scale perspective and knowledge of their region and help to coordinate local stewards and maintenance activities. They are critical in helping ATA staff identify critical project areas when additional resources become available. Regional Stewards assist in recruiting, evaluating, training and supporting Segment Stewards.
- Borderlands: Passage 1-3, STEWARD NEEDED
- Santa Rita Foothills: Passage 4-6, Zach MacDonald, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-248-9882
- Cienegas: Passage 7-8, STEWARD NEEDED
- Rincon Mountains: Passage 9, Wendy Lotze, email@example.com, 520-730-8182
- Santa Catalinas: Passage 10-11, Kim Barney, firstname.lastname@example.org, 520-307-6086
- Oracle: Passage 12-13, Gary Faulkenberry, email@example.com, 520-275-7199
- Copper Corridor: Passage 14-15, John Schilling, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-203-1804
- Mineral Mountains: Passage 16-17, Max Higgins, email@example.com, 602-430-8118
- Superstition Mountains: Passage 18-19, Craig Gregory, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-491-4906
- Four Peaks: Passages 20-22, John Matteson, email@example.com, 480-282-1861 (H)
- Mazatzal Wilderness: Passages 23-24, Roger Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 602-770-7868
- Rim Country: Passages 25-26, Stephen Brown, email@example.com, 602-410-5797
- Mogollon Rim: Passages 27-29, STEWARD NEEDED
- The Mesas: Passages 30-31, Bill Sandercock, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-893-3785
- Flagstaff: Passages 32-34, Tom Boughner, email@example.com, 928-774-3447
- Stagecoach Line: Passages 35-36, STEWARD NEEDED
- The Grand Canyon: Passages 37-38, Forrest Radarian, firstname.lastname@example.org, 480-450-0998
- The Arizona Strip: Passage 39-43, Shawn Redfield, email@example.com, 480-460-4241 – STEWARD NEEDED
Need to log volunteer hours? The video below provides a step-by-step guide on how to do just that!
Please log your hours from your Engagement Dashboard (PED). You can request a link to your Engagement Dashboard here.
Pro tip: Bookmark your PVP link to quickly log future hours. If you lose it you can always request a new one. After requesting a link, any previous links will no longer work.
Visit our volunteer page for more information.
Ready to head out on the trail and get some work done? Listing your event on the Volunteer Events Page is a great way to recruit volunteers to help you out! When you complete the Volunteer Event Submission Form, we will also post your event on ATA’s public calendar so that our partners, sponsors, and donors can see how active and amazing our volunteer stewards are!
Please use the Volunteer Event Submission Form to send us your event’s information. We’ll get it posted ASAP!
Want to see a current listing of upcoming volunteer events? Visit the Volunteer Events Page.
Photo sharing is a great way to communicate trail condition findings with the ATA. With location settings enabled, your phone/camera will include the GPS coordinates of each photo’s location. With that information, ATA can utilize shared photos to determine where work is needed and how best to allocate resources.
Here is the album where you can share trail condition photos: ‘AZT Stewards-Trail Conditions Album’. Please share only trail condition photos in this album. If you have other photos you would like to share with the ATA (i.e. photos from volunteer events that do not include pertinent trail conditions) please send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steward Interactive Map & Segment map PDFs
An online interactive map with a complete inventory of signs, gates and road crossings with GPS coordinates and linked photos and maps for each segment. Turn layers on and off to view land management agencies, wilderness boundaries, wildfire information (historic and current), and much more. This is a great resource for stewards!
If you upgrade, replace or remove signs on your segment, please use the Sign and Gate Inventory form we can keep this map updated.
View the Steward Interactive Map Online (new interactive map)
Need a zoomed in topo map of your passage segment? Click on the link below to download a map of your segment or a zip file for all maps in a region. Each map has the trail and icons for signs, gates, and road crossings that are labeled just like the Steward Map Online.
You can print these maps or load it on to your phone with the Avenza Maps app. After importing the PDF into the Avenza Maps app, you can use your phone’s location to pinpoint your position on the map.
Install the app for free clicking either app store button below:
Check out more details on how to import PDFs and use the Avenza Maps app. Click on the links for information on how to use the Avenza Map app
All Segment Stewards must complete a Segment Steward Agreement at the beginning of their tenure.
We have developed the following videos to provide training to Segment Stewards and volunteers who are unable to attend our in-person training opportunities.
The first video is a review of the Stewardship Agreement and training opportunities for stewards and volunteers.
Part II reviews how to enter volunteer hours and tips for using the ATA event calendar
For more information on steward training opportunities, visit the Trail Skills Institute page.
The Group Liability Form is for use at single-day volunteer events only. Please have participants read the waiver language and sign. The form should be carried with the event organizer for the duration of the event. You can also use this form to collect and record hours. Completed waiver forms should be returned to the ATA office.
The Individual Liability Form should be used whenever there is an overnight or multi-day event with volunteers – the form is available in both English and Spanish. This form includes a space for the volunteer to record emergency contact information and pertinent medical notifications. These forms should be carried with the event organizer for the duration of the event. Completed waiver forms should be returned to the ATA office.
The Online Liability Form should be attached to opportunities in the online volunteer portal. Acceptance of this online form can take the place of signing the Group Liability Form.
Stewards survey and assess their segments at least annually to stay current on conditions, needs and features. While not all segments need a great deal of work, resources (volunteer groups, youth crews) occasionally come available on short notice, and it is quite helpful to know where they can be utilized most effectively. The trail assessment form guides the assessment and documents trail conditions and needs. It can be downloaded and completed in the field or on a computer, and then sent to the Regional Steward.
This helpful one-page guide explains proper techniques for brushing the trail corridor, including trimming small limbs and vegetation, and cutting larger limbs from trees. Poor brushing is easily noticed and detracts from everyone’s experience, but is easily avoided with a few basic guidelines.
This two-page guide explains how to identify some of the most common artifacts you may find while working on the Arizona Trail; the importance of protecting these cultural resources; and how to document and report them. Consider it an introduction to Arizona archaeology.
This 12 page guide was developed in cooperation with Land Management partners and the ATA’s own sign inventory to create a consistent and appropriate system of signing the Arizona National Scenic Trail. This is a great guide for where signs are or are not necessary, what signs may be removed and where new signs may be needed to assist with navigation.
The Forest Service trail construction and maintenance guide contains a wealth of trails information.
Basic wilderness first aid skills are valuable for stewards so that they can support safe and comfortable trail experiences. These skills are especially useful for stewards leading volunteer trail work events.
This article by ACLS Training Center offers a guide to basic wilderness first aid. Check it out so that you can make the trail a safer place for volunteers and trail users!
Job Hazard Analysis Form
A Job Hazard Analysis Form from the Forest Service can be found here.