If you spend time alone in the wilderness, you get very attuned to living things. George Dyson, Historian



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 -

Winter 2018 WSP Program now taking applications

Winter 2017-18 Wilderness Stewardship Performance Grant Program is now active.  New Deadline - October 15th

The Forest Service and the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance are pleased to announce a continuation of the WSP Grant Program for National Forest Wilderness areas for Winter 2017-2018.  Full details on the WSP Grant Program are posted on our WSP Grant webpage.  Grant application deadline is October 15th with awards announced by Nov 1st.

In addition a special WSP Grant Writing session will be held at the National Wilderness Workshop, Russellville Arkansas, Oct 3rd - 5th, to help prospective applicants submit the best possible proposal.  Come and learn how your organization can compete for a WSP Grant.



Don't Delay - Registration is Open - Less than 2 weeks away!

2017 National Wilderness Workshop

Lake Point Conference Center, Arkansas Tech

Russellville Arkansas

October 3-5, 2017

Registration for the 2017 National Wilderness Workshop is continuing, but don't delay.  Registration fees go up September 22nd, and we are nearing capacity.  

Field Trip priority is determined by Registration date.  Don't delay in registering in order to get the field trip of your choice.

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the National Wilderness Workshop:

  1. Learn the latest in wilderness policy and help with issue definition and resolution
  2. Expand your knowledge and understanding of wilderness management
  3. Be inspired by peer sharing and learning experiences during the Workshop
  4. Participate in wilderness issue discussions with today’s wilderness leaders.
  5. Network with your peers and National and Regional wilderness leaders.
  6. Learn about issues affecting wilderness nationally with a special focus on the Ozark Highlands.
  7. Attend Field Trips to enhance your learning experience.
  8. Recruit future staff members from students and other participants.
  9. Be part of the movement of wilderness stewards
  10. Relax and have fun with like-minded wilderness stewards


Enjoy this video from the 2016 National Wilderness Workshop to experience the value of attending.


Sponsors include:  The US Forest Service, Arkansas Tech University, the Buffalo National River, Arkansas Audubon, and the Ozark Highland Trail Association.

Read more about it here.



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.



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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