NWSA Webinars

NWSA's free webinars will keep you apprised of funding opportunities, policy changes and ways to strengthen and build your stewardship group.  Check out some of the past NWSA workshops below. 

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Upcoming Webinars - New 2019 Wilderness Stewardship Webinar Series

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) is presenting a new series of webinars that will be of interest to wilderness stewardship organizations.  Entitled “Wilderness Stewardship Challenges”, each webinar will focus on a problem or challenge faced by wilderness stewardship groups and will offer expert advice from the wilderness stewardship community on how to address them.  NWSA has scheduled this series of webinars, typically set for the second Tuesday of each month, usually at 12 noon Pacific Time / 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 Central Time / 3 Eastern.  To stay informed of what’s coming up next, sign up for email updates HERE.

WildSpotter - Crowd sourced Invasive Species Inventory - February 19th 1:00 pm Eastern

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance in collaboration with the Partnership for the National Trails system is pleased to announce that this rescheduled Wilderness Stewardship Challenge Webinar will occur at 1:00 pm EST on February 19th.  (Note Time Change)  Join NWSA and our guest, Mike Ielmini, National Invasive Species Manager for the USDA Forest Service, as we discuss use of the WildSpotter mobile phone app, a crowd source solution to invasive species survey. 

Wild Spotter helps you identify, map, and report invasive species found in your favorite wild places. The data you collect will help create the first-ever nationwide inventory of invasive species in America's natural areas. Learn how you can help fight back against harmful invaders by becoming a Wild Spotter volunteer or partner. Participants will explore downloading the FREE Wild Spotter Mobile App on your smartphone, and then quickly and easily collect vital data on these invasions: location, extent, and impact - all while you are enjoying the great outdoors. 

Wild Spotter aims to build citizen science volunteer capacity to protect America's wild places from harmful invasive plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, microbes, algae, and fungi that outcompete our nation's native species and threaten the biodiversity and health of every aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem. 

Participants will learn how the data that is collected while you are visiting America's wild places will help management teams create more effective strategies to prevent and control invasive species and restore the areas they impact. 
If you care about containing exotic species and eliminating invasive species, this is the webinar not to miss. Come join us and learn how you can be on the front lines of recording and inventorying the spread of these species. 
This webinar brought to you by the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance in collaboration with the Partnership for the National Trails System.

Register Here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4377358496095183361


Upcoming Webinars - check actual registration for times.  Usually 12 noon Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 Central / 3 Eastern
March 12 — "Long Distance Trails in Wilderness” — Work with National Scenic and Historic Trail System Partners to expand volunteer opportunities with long distance trail partners.
April 9  —  “Merlin Bird ID”  Cornell University, Department of Ornithology will demonstrate the Merlin app to survey and report birds in your wilderness area.
May 14 — “Latino Conservation Week” —
The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, in collaboration with the Partnership for the National Trails System, is pleased to announce “Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization.”  Join NWSA and our guest, Jennifer Brandt of the Hispanic Access Foundation, on May 14, at 1:00 Mountain. Learn how your organization can join with Latinos across the nation to support the protection of our natural resources.  Learn how to expand your membership and partner with Latino groups
During the week of July 13-21, 2019, community, non-profit, faith-based, and government organizations and agencies will hold events throughout the country — 150 events last year!  Events can take any shape.  Latino Conservation Week can raise the visibility of your organization among Latino communities and provide opportunities for them to show their support for permanently protecting our land, water, and air. 
June 11 — “National Public Lands Day” — Learn how your organization can build local awareness and interest as you support National Public Lands Day.

Past Webinars

”NWSA Funding Opportunities in 2019" 
Randy Welsh, NWSA Executive Director hosted this informative session to describe funding programs available in 2019 from the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.

“Managing Your Organizations Finances — Best Practices for End of The Year Accounting and Reporting.”
Presented by Darcy Shepard, Finance and Human Resources Director, Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
who was elected NWSA treasurer in 2012, has a passion for numbers and the outdoors.  She holds a BA in Journalism and Political Science and a Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Management (2014), both from the University of Nevada, Reno.  This webinar will help your organization start 2019 off on the right foot fiscally – Darcy will be reviewing best financial practices, including advice on building your budget for 2019, tracking your unrestricted funds, and what it takes to prepare for and undergo an audit. Set your organization up for success whether you’ve got a budget of $10,000 or $1,000,000 by joining the NWSA’s Managing Finances: Best Practices webinar.

Climate Change and Invasive Species
Led by Jack Morgan, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
recorded November 1st, 2017.  1 hour 30 minutes.

How to Apply for NWSA/USFS grants for the Wilderness Stewardship Performance Program - Goals, Roles, How To Apply
Led by: Randy Welsh, NWSA Vice Chair, and others from NWSA
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Understanding Wilderness Stewardship Performance Program
Its Structure, Goals, Roles for Volunteer-based Stewardship Organizations
Led by: Steve Boutcher, FS National Information Manager for Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers
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Improving Wilderness Stewardship through Marketing
with USFS’ Ralph Swain
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