On the mountains mistakes are fatal, in politics, mistakes are wounding emotionally, but you recover.  Personally, wilderness helps me get back in touch with natural rhythms, helps me reflect, and in the process, restore my creativity.  Mark Udall, Politician



The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance exists to bring together the wilderness stewardship community into a growing network of volunteer-based organizations that provide stewardship for America's enduring resource of wilderness. Read More


What's Happening -

Immediate Action Needed.  HR 1349A Threatens Wilderness by allowing Mountain Bikes.


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance strives to stay apolitical and focused strictly on wilderness stewardship.  But at times we must stand up for the basic values in which we believe.

There is a new threat to the National Wilderness Preservation System.  HR 1349A is a short-sighted, single focus, special interest legislative bill headed for the floor of the House sometime in early January.  This bill, if passed, will overturn the basis of our current wilderness system by allowing unrestricted new intrusions from mountain bikes and other wheeled devices to occur. 

Time is of the essence.  Learn more about this bill by reading this fact sheet, and then contact your own congressional representatives and tell them you oppose HR 1349A. 
This bill passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee along party line votes.  Wilderness should be nonpartisan.  Let your Congressmen know that our special wilderness areas deserve better treatment.

Let your organization members know of this threat to the Wilderness Act and ask them to act fast to let their legislators and leaders know of their opposition to this attempt to radically change the meaning of wilderness and the Wilderness Act.

Here are some additional resources to share on this issue:
Public Lands Foundation blog:   Click here to read the blog.
LA Times Article:  Click here to read the article.
LA Time Opinion Piece:  Click here to reach the opinion.
Durango Herald article:  Click here for the article.
Sierra Sun Times Op-Ed:  Click here for the opinion.
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewardship opinion piece (Bill Hodge, Executive Director):  Click here to read the opinion piece.
The future of wilderness is in the hands of those that care the most about it.
Thank you.

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.

Winter 2018 WSP Program funding proposals have been decided.

A total of 8 Winter 2017-18 Wilderness Stewardship Performance proposals have been funded.  A total of 10 proposals were received.

 Click here for a Fact Sheet of Winter 2018 funding proposals.



The National Wilderness Workshop is Over for 2017 - See you in Gunnison Colorado in 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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    Internship Programs

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    Threat to Wilderness

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