Empire Ranch Foundation
Recognition & Awards

Since its founding in 1997, the Empire Ranch Foundation has been honored to be the recipient of numerous awards of recognition. Following is a complete listing of awards and recognitions.

Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance–2024 Richard (Rich) Fedele Award for Outstanding Excellence in the Support of the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance (SAAA) awarded to Marti Conroy, ERF Board Member.

Tucson Audubon Society – Las Cienegas National Conservation Area designated as a Globally Important Birding Area

Pima County Board of Supervisors – July 28th declared “Empire Ranch, Walter L. Vail and Arizona Cowboy Heritage Day”

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum – Walter L. Vail inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners

Arizona State Preservation Office – Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award – Cienega Watershed Timeline Project

Arizona State Preservation Office – Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award – Empire Ranch Historic American Landscapes Survey

Cienega Watershed Partnership – Wall of Honor

Arizona State Preservation Office – Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award – Adobe Haybarn Project

National Park Service – 2016 Historic American Landscape Survey Challenge

U.S. Department of Interior – Partners in Conservation Award

Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Committee – Award in Public Archaeology for a Non-Profit Entity

Arizona Centennial Commission – Official Event

Bureau of Land Management – Excellence in Public Lands Partnership

Arizona Preservation Foundation – List of Arizona’s Most Endangered Historic Places

Hands on the Land – Member Site Designation

Bureau of Land Management – Outstanding voluntary service in the conservation and protection of heritage resources on America’s public lands

Bureau of Land Management – Dedicated contribution to the Sonoita Valley Planning Partnership and Las Cienegas Resource Management Plan

Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission – Honoring long-term collaborative preservation and interpretation of the Empire Ranch by ERF & BLM

U.S. Dept. of Interior – Take Pride in America Award 

National Trust for Historic Preservation – Save America’s Treasures – Official Project Designation for Vail Ranch House, Empire-Cienega Resource Conservation Area

National Civilian Community Corps – Appreciation Certificate