Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter. John Muir, Environmentalist


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 -

Don't Delay - Registration is Open

2017 National Wilderness Workshop

Lake Point Conference Center, Arkansas Tech

Russellville Arkansas

October 3-5, 2017

Registration for the 2017 National Wilderness Workshop is now open.  

Sponsors include:  The US Forest Service, The Pew Trusts, Arkansas Audubon, and the Ozark Highland Trail Association.

Read more about it here.



The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Grant Program

The NWSA and the USDA Forest Service are partnering to provide opportunity to all trail and stewardship groups to improve trail maintenance conditions on the National Forests.

This new grant program is aimed at increasing volunteer participation on the National Forests.

Go to the Trail Stewardship Grant page for more information.  2017 Field Season Selection have been Made. 

A total of 90 Grant Proposals were received of which 23 were funded.  Thank you to the Wilderness and Trails Community for participating.

Read the News Release for selection results.

Read the Fact Sheet for information on final project selections



NWSA Survey on the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016

The National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016 will affect volunteer and partner engagement on National Forest Trails for years to come.  The Act provides for additional consultation and feedback from the public on the trails program.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to this survey.  Results of the survey can be found here.



Summer 2017 WSP Grant Program selections have been made.   

Congratulations to Grant Winners.

For a list of Summer 2017 WSP Grant applicants see the NWSA WSP Grants page or read the Blog below.

If you would like to learn more about the WSP Grant Program please visit our Grants Page.   Go to NWSA WSP Grants page.

Be sure to check back regularly for new grant opportunities. 



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

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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