Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer.  Camp out among the grass and gentians of glacier meadows, in craggy nooks full of Nature's darlings.  Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.

John Muir, Naturalist



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Spring 2019/2018 Recap NWSA Newsletter Now Available...

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NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance Partnership Funding Programs 

The Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) Partner Funding program had 32 proposals submitted.  Review is currently underway.  Find out more with this Fact Sheet.

Decisions on project selections are expected by May 1st.

See the Funding Programs webpage for all the details of both programs.  Click Here

Wilderness Stewardship Challenges Webinars

Next NWSA Webinar -  How your group can Participate in Latino Conservation Week.

May 14 at 1:00 — Latino Conservation Week
The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in collaboration with the Partnership for the National Trails System, is pleased to announce “Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization.”  Join NWSA and our guest, Jennifer Brandt of the Hispanic Access Foundation, on May 14, at 1:00 Mountain Time. Learn how your organization can join with Latinos across the nation to support the protection of our natural resources.  Learn how to expand your membership and partner with Latino groups
During the week of July 13-21, 2019, community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies will hold events throughout the country — 150 events last year!  Events can take any shape.  Latino Conservation Week can raise the visibility of your organization among Latino communities and provide opportunities for them to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air. 
Come join the call and learn how to expand your organization's outreach.

Save the DATE!  2019 National Wilderness Workshop - October 23-26th.  Bend Oregon.

The 2019 National Wilderness Workshop will be in Bend Oregon, October 23-26th.  Plan now to attend.

Click here for more information about the National Wilderness Workshop.

You can check out the theme and find the Request for Proposals for Presentations and Posters.  Registration to begin June 1.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding Program is cancelled for 2019.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding program was an unintended casualty of the Forest Service Washington Office move to send money to the Regions and reduce off-the-tops programs managed in DC.  As a consequence our funding for 2019 was sent to the Regions and they in turn distributed it to the Forests before it was widely known about the effect it would have on this Partner Trails Funding program.  We asked the Regions if they could carve out funds to continue the program this year, but they had already committed those funds locally to Forests as part of their general appropriations.

Thank you for reaching out to your Regions to highlight the issue.  It did help.  Those efforts have raised awareness of the popularity of the Trails Funding, and its benefit to local groups and to the agency.  There is strong support for making sure funding is established early in the budget process for continuing the program in 2020.   Read more about next steps here.

It's Time to Join or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs.

Memberships ended September 31, 2018.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2018-2019.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2019 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!


Want to work in wilderness? Check out the Job Postings Here

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    Forest Service Webinars

    The Forest Service has announced several new webinars to educate employees and volunteers on several of the Wilderness Stewardship Performance elements.

    From the FS:

    The Wilderness Information Management Steering Team is pleased to announce they will be hosting the next in a series of short training webinars for the Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) elements.  The next webinar will cover two WSP elements, Agency Management Actions and Motorized Equipment/Mechanical Transport Use Authorization.

    All webinars will be recorded and posted on the Wilderness Stewardship Performance SharePoint site, so live attendance will not be required.  The recordings will also be posted on Wilderness.net to allow our partners, who assist us with wilderness stewardship, an opportunity to receive the training as well.  Partners are also more than welcome to attend the live webinar.

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    National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance announces 2018 – 19 Webinar Series.

    The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is ready to share some knowledge accumulated over the past decade about the non-profit world is general and the wilderness stewardship universe specifically. NWSA has scheduled a series of webinars designed to help stewardship organizations to operate more efficiently in the office as well as on-the-ground methodology. NWSA's free webinars will keep you apprised of funding opportunities, policy changes and ways to strengthen and build your stewardship group.

    On Tuesday, December 18 at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time, Darcy Shepard will lead off with a webinar on Managing Finances — Best Practices.

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