It is entirely in our power as a nation to preserve large tracts of wilderness, which are valueless for agricultural purposes and unfit for settlement, as playgrounds for rich and poor alike, and to preserve the game so that it shall continue to exist for the benefit of all lovers of nature, and to give reasonable opportunities for the exercise of the skill of the hunter, whether he is or is not a man of means.  Theodore Roosevelt, Naturalist, Cowboy, Mayor, Soldier, 26th President of the United States



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 Funding Programs to begin taking Applications, February 18.  Due April 15.

The Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) Partner Funding program is back for Summer 2019.  Applications will be available on Feb 18.  Due April 15.  $165,000 is available.  Plan now to send in your best proposal to help the Forest Service improve their WSP scores.  Must be a NWSA member to apply.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partnership Funding program is also back for 2019, though we are uncertain on the total funding at this point due to government shutdown's effect on a final budget to the agency.  We must also deal with an issue about the way the funding for "off-the-top" funding is being handled this year.  We do expect to have a program, so stay tuned.  Any stewardship group may apply for Trail Stewardship Funding.

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


Take the NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Survey

Caught up in the uncertainty of the government shutdown?  Wondering what the future holds?  We wonder about the same things.  But to ease our minds and to better plan for the next steps of NWSA we'd like to hear from you.  We have prepared a survey which will help us assess where we are, where we should head, and what is of importance to you, the wilderness stewardship community.  Please take some time in the coming weeks to respond to this survey and tell us what you think.  We would appreciate it and it will help us prepare better webinars, plan for the upcoming National Wilderness Workshop in October, and to just be a better organization for you, the wilderness stewards of America.  Results will be posted in the spring.

Take the Survey

Most helpful if taken prior to March 15th.


Wilderness Stewardship Challenges Webinars

Next NWSA Webinar - WildSpotter - a Mobile Phone app for Invasive Species Survey

February 19 - 11:00 am PT, 12 noon, MT, 1 pm CT, 2 pm ET   ** Note Correct Times ** 

To Register Click Here


Check out the webinars that are coming up in the next few months.

Click here for the Webinar Schedule.


SAVE THE DATE  --  Central Rockies Wilderness Volunteer Workshop

April 10-11, 2019

This workshop is open to all wilderness stewards. Please pass this invitation to others who may want to come.

This workshop will be located in Fort Collins, CO

Co-hosted by:

Fort Collins-based Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and Steamboat Springs-based Friends of Wilderness

With support from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

Learn and share best practices for enabling your organization to be even greater stewards of designated wilderness. Acquire new and better tools for your organizational toolbox. Topics will include:

  • Recruiting
  • Retention
  • Training
  • Fundraising
  • Finance
  • Relationships
  • Peer Networking
  • Additional Trailhead Opportunity: April 12, 2019
  • And More


NWSA Newsletter

Have you seen our latest Newsletter?  Check it out.  2018 in the works.

Click Here for Latest Newsletter.


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.


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

  • From the blog

    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 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.

    Read more

    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.

    Read more