In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.

Charles Lindbergh, Aviator



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 -

The National Wilderness Workshop is going Virtual this year.  October 9 through 16, 2020.

With Covid still rampant around the country, the National Wilderness Workshop will be virtual.  The theme this year is Wilderness in a time of Change, and the workshop will have sessions built around Ecological Change, Wilderness Culture, Wilderness Science and Wilderness Management.
Workshop sessions have been scheduled from October 9 through October 16, with convenient times and pertinent topics.  Get all the information you need about the Workshop on the Society of Wilderness Stewardship website.  Go to NWW Website.

NWSA/SWS National Wilderness Stewardship Awards Program

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and Society of Wilderness Stewardship are initiating an Awards Program to recognize outstanding wilderness stewardship by partner organizations and agency personnel.  Deadline for submissions is September 30.  To learn more go to the Awards Page.

NWSA Funding Programs 

Projects are underway in wilderness areas around the country completing wilderness and trail stewardship projects.  Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.

Go to Funding Page

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, October 20, at 1:00 pm

Ethics and Effects of Wilderness Digital Media
Wilderness has quickly become part of digital media—through the voices of both wilderness organizations and individual wilderness users. The narratives crafted by organizations and individuals about wilderness issues and experiences have great power to influence public opinion as well as wilderness stewardship. However, technologies, like cells phones, that are increasingly used to craft these wilderness narratives also affect the wilderness experience itself. During this webinar, four communications and technology professionals discuss different aspects of digital media and wilderness. Lisa Ronald (Wilderness Connect, University of Montana) and Mikensi Romersa (freelance videographer) discuss social media and videography examples that illustrate ethical challenges and best practices for crafting positive wilderness digital storytelling. Kate Sutcliffe (Regional Collaboration Coordinator, Mount Grace Land Trust) illustrates how examining individual wilderness user social media narratives can inform wilderness management. Jeff Rose (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program, University of Utah) discusses how technology changes the wilderness experience when one enters into the experience with the intent of sharing it digitally.

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

2020 Memberships end December 31, 2020.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2020 and extend into 2021.  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!

In 2021, only Member Organizations will be able to apply for WSP Funding programs.


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  • From the blog

    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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