In short, a land ethic changes the role of Homo sapiens from conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen of it.  It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.  Aldo Leopold



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What's Happening -

COVID-19 Town Hall for the Wilderness Stewardship Community was held Thursday, April 2nd.

The Town Hall was a big success with over just under 100 participants.  Watch the video HERE.

The Covid-19 Pandemic is disrupting our daily lives and the work of the wilderness stewardship community. In this special Town Hall gathering of the wilderness community come share how the Covid crisis is affecting your organization and learn successful coping strategies that are being applied by others.

Moderated by Randy Welsh, Executive Director of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, this webinar will provide a forum for the community to share and learn from each other.

Panelists include:

Bill Hodge, Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation

Meryl Harrell, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Roy Torres, Acting Director, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers

Jimmy Gaudry, Forest Service, Northern Region

The agenda for the call will include:

1. Recap of Covid-19 Resources - Information and Websites

2. Congressional Action on Stimulus Bills potentially affecting Wilderness Stewardship Organizations

  a.  CARES Act

  b.  Families First Corona Virus Response Act

3. Potential Actions and Responses for Organizations to Consider

  a. What groups are currently doing as they plan for summer activities

  b. Suggestions from the community for future activities

4. Time for Questions and Answers from Participants

Our goal for this time is to share information across the community, plan future next steps, and learn from each other.

Hope you can join us.

If, not here is the Powerpoint that will be used.  Click Here to Download

COVID-19 is affecting Wilderness Stewardship across the nation.

What is your organization doing to address this crisis?

What practices are you adopting to help reduction possibilities of infection?

How is social distancing working in your area?

The Covid-19 crisis is affecting us all and wilderness is no different.  Wherever people gather the risks of infection spread increase.  Many groups are adopting changes to their operations and curtailing volunteer activities in the short term.  What do the long term prospects look like for Wilderness?

NWSA has collected a variety of information resources from around the country that give you a starting point for addressing your own organizational response.  We are also working with a team of organizations around the country to develop best mgt practices and communications you can use in the coming days.  Stay tuned.

Click Here for COVID - 19 Information Resources.

NWSA is now 10 Years Old!

To celebrate we are hosting a Wilderness Stewardship Photo Contest.

10 year Photo Contest

Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by submitting your best Wilderness photos! NWSA is hosting a photo contest now through Sept. 4, 2020, to raise awareness of those who steward our Wilderness areas while celebrating a decade of our efforts to bring together the Wilderness stewardship community. You may submit up to (2) photos in the following categories:

  • Before and After: Featuring tangible results of on-the-ground Wilderness stewardship projects
  • Stewardship in Action: Working to steward Wilderness areas
  • Traditional Skills: Showcasing Wilderness stewardship skills
  • Scenic Landscape: Highlighting the beauty of Wilderness

Winners will be announced on or around October 14, 2020 during the National Wilderness Workshop in Merced, California. Winners do not have to be present to win. Stay tuned for more information on prizes!

2020 NWSA Webinar Series Schedule is now loaded.  Check out our Webinars page for details.

Our Next Webinar is Tuesday, April 14, at 1:00 pm MT

Webinar Information Here


Due to the Corona Virus impact on project planning and submittals, NWSA FUNDING PROGRAMS are accepting Applications Through April 30th.

An extra month till the deadline.  We will monitor the situation but for now will add extra time for groups to work on submit applications.

The Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding Program has approximately $220,000 to distribute.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding has approximately $200,000 to distribute.

Check out our Funding Programs Page for all the details.

Go to Funding Page

It's Time to JOIN or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs for 2020.

2019 Memberships ended September 31, 2019.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2020.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2020 Fiscal Year.  We are changing our membership year to match the Calendar Year which better aligns with the National Wilderness Workshop and other membership programs.   Participate in webinars, apply for funding programs, 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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    Member Profile

    Your Profile HERE.

    We are trying a new addition to our home page with periodic member profiles.  This month:  Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

    Poudre Wilderness Volunteers help protect four designated wilderness areas — Rawah, Comanche Peak, Neota, and Cache la Poudre — and many multi-use wild areas along the northern end of the Colorado Front Range.  We patrol primarily on the watersheds of the Cache la Poudre (Wild and Scenic) River and the Big Thompson River, extending a protected region from the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park nearly to the Wyoming border.


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    Heart of the Gila

    NWSA plans to use this space to profile many of the wilderness stewardship groups around the country.  This month we start with Heart of the Gila.

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