To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.  John Muir



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What's Happening -

ECO-Count Trail Use Monitoring Webinar

Courtesy of trail use monitoring supplier Eco-Count, NWSA is hosting a webinar on trail data recorder technology, Thursday, May 24th at 9:00am PT, 10am MT, 11am CT, 12noon ET.

Ever wanted to count the people using one of your popular trail heads but weren't sure which technology to use?  Haven't counted trail use since the days of the old infra-red counters and wondering what the latest technology for counting use might be?  Need to know what your use levels really are?  This webinar may be for you.

Our host for this webinar is Louis Queruau, a Client Consultant, for Eco-Counter, a Canadian company that is a world leader in providing specialized automatic pedestrian and cyclist monitoring systems. Using advanced technologies, Eco-Counter systems have been installed in the most beautiful parks, natural areas, and cities.

The technology counts and classifies users for both temporary and permanent locations. The systems are easy to install and capable of handling extreme outdoor conditions. Data can be accessed through our web-based software and support organizations in managing their infrastructure, supporting funding requests and communicating. More than 15,000 Eco-Counter systems have been installed worldwide in 45 countries.

Space is limited to the first 50 people signed in the morning of the webinar.  Depending on demand this webinar may be offered again in the near future.

This webinar will use a GoToMeeting Platform.  You may need to download software to access the webinar.  If so, please access and download the software prior to the webinar.  We will start promptly at 9:00 am PT.

Thank you.


Log in instructions are below:

To access the webinar, simply follow the steps below. We recommend calling rather than using your computer microphone to avoid echo. Please let us know if you have any troubles logging in.

Eco-Counter - Counting Bikes and Pedestrians 
Thu, May 24, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone. 
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9391

Access Code: 378-825-765

More phone numbers 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129 
France: +33 170 950 594

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:

Summer 2018 National Forest Trails Stewardship Partnership Funding Proposals have been selected. 

A total of 42 projects out of 114 submitted have been funded for 2018.  Please see the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Page for details.  Click Here.


Summer 2018 WSP Program funding proposals have been decided.

A total of 20 Summer 2018 Wilderness Stewardship Performance proposals have been funded.  Congratulations to all the groups who submitted funded proposals.

Awardees for the Summer 2018 WSP Grant cycle include:

AIM for Wilderness Stewardship
Ascend Wilderness Experience
BCHA - Motherlode
Friends of Mt Evans - Lost Creek
Friends of the Inyo
Great Basin Institute
Great Broads - Cascade-Volcano
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
Phoenix School
Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Selway Bitterroot - Frank Church Foundation - Frank Church
Selway Bitterroot - Frank Church Foundation -Bitterroot
Student Conservation Association - Frank Church
Sitka Conservation Society
Sky Island Alliance
Upper Gila Watershed
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Western Slope Conservation Center
Wilderness Institute


National Forest Trail Stewardship Program Funding to be announced soon.

Thank you to all the organizations who submitted application to both the Wilderness Stewardship Performance Grant Program and the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program.

We had 21 application for the WSP Program, and 114 applications for the Trail Stewardship Funding.  As you can imagine our two teams of reviewers are combing through the submissions to pick the best mix of projects to fund this year.

We plan to announce successful applicants by Friday May 4th.

For a complete rundown of Trail Stewardship Application materials, Fact Sheet, Application Form, and Budget Form please Click Here to go to the NWSA Trail Stewardship Funding Page

For a complete rundown of Wilderness Stewardship Performance Application materials, Fact Sheet, Application Form, and Budget Form please Click Here to go to the NWSA Grants Page.


Climate Change and Invasive Species Webinar recording posted.


On November 1st NWSA hosted a webinar on Climate Change and Invasive species.  Click here to visit the webinar page.


The National Wilderness Workshop is Over for 2017 - See you in Gunnison Colorado, October 10-13th, 2018!

120 people enjoyed this year's National Wilderness Workshop, in Russellville Arkansas at the Lake Point Conference Facility, Arkansas Tech University, from October 2nd - 5th.

A big thank you to our Workshop Sponsors, including The US Forest Service, Arkansas Tech University, the Buffalo National River, Audubon Arkansas, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Ozark Highland Trail Association.  

Read more about it here.



Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2017-2018.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2018 Fiscal Year.  Membership runs October-September matching the US Government Fiscal Year.  Participate in webinars, apply for grants, get discounts at workshops and conferences.  Be kept advised of news and events affecting the wilderness stewardship community.  Join the community today!


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