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

 

 

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 -


Great America Outdoors Act passed and is on to President Trump

The Great American Outdoors Act has passed both the House and Senate and is on to the President for signature.  This Act will provide substantial funding for recreation infrastructure, including Trails.


For more information about the Bill and lots of other resources on the Bill, Click HERE .

NWSA Funding Programs Application Period is Over

Thank you to all the groups who submitted proposals.

Over 65 Trail Stewardship proposals were received, and 24 WSP proposals were submitted.

The Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding Program selected 22 proposals with $205,000 distributed.

The National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding selected 39 proposals with $301,000 distributed.

Check out our Funding Programs Page for all the details.

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, August 11, at 1:00 pm MT

Webinar details Here


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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  • 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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