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



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


What's Happening -

NWSA Announces 2019 Boots on the Ground Trail Stewardship Funding

NWSA in partnership with the USDA Forest Service is providing small funding awards to support volunteer trail activities on the National Forest during the 2019 field season.  Go to Funding Programs for more details.

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

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NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance Partnership Funding Selections Announced

The Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) Partner Funding program had 32 proposals submitted.  18 projects were able to be funded.  Find out more with this Fact Sheet.

See the Funding Programs webpage for all the details.  Click Here

Wilderness Stewardship Challenges Webinars

June 11, 2019  -  12 noon PDT - "Involving Your Organization in Public Lands Day - Tips for a Successful Event"

Learn how your organization can build local awareness and interest as you support National Public Lands Day.  Tony Richardson, from the National Environmental Education Foundation, will be on hand to guide groups through the process of signing up to host a Public Lands event.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning. Through NPLD, NEEF works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health. 

Learn about the tools and resources available to host an exciting National Public Lands Day event.

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!


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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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