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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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.

Dates:  typically set for the second Tuesday of each month

Times:  usually at 12 noon Pacific Time / 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 pm Central Time / 3 pm Eastern. 

To stay informed of what’s coming up next, sign up for email updates HERE.

June 11 — 12 noon PDT - “National Public Lands Day” — Learn how your organization can build local awareness and interest as you support National Public Lands Day.  Tony Richardson, from the National Environmental Education Foundation, will be on hand to guide groups through the process of signing up to host a Public Lands event.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning. Through NPLD, NEEF works to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage use of public lands for education, recreation and general health. 

NEEF is currently seeking partnerships with national non-profits that have a demonstrated success in engaging volunteers in conservation projects on public lands.

Upcoming Webinars - check actual registration for times. 
Usually 12 noon Pacific / 1 pm Mountain / 2 pm Central / 3 pm Eastern
Coming this Summer:
July 9 at 1:00 pm MDT - Update on Wilderness Character Monitoring in the Forest Service
Wilderness Character Monitoring (WCM) is one of our most important tools for protecting designated wilderness areas.  When we can accurately quantify and measure the five characteristics of wilderness, we can say how well a given area meets the ideal goals set out in the Wilderness Act.  It’s how we can ask our wilderness areas, “How you doin’?”
Since 2018 the Forest Service has organized a team to help you set up baseline data to monitor trends.  Julie King, the National WCM Program Manager, will explain what we are learning from pilot programs, and look forward to how we can maintain WCM into the future, through programs like NWSA Wilderness Stewardship Performance grants.

Coming This Fall:  

October 8 at 1:00 MST — What keeps wilderness stewardship volunteers coming back? 
Rebecca Niemiec, Ph.D., Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department, Colorado State University, will report results of her groundbreaking research: a nation-wide survey of volunteers and staff with wilderness stewardship organizations as well as over 30 interviews conducted in cooperation with NWSA and with Poudre Wilderness Volunteers to understand factors influencing retention. The results of those studies will provide guidance for strategies that wilderness stewardship organizations can use to keep volunteers coming back over time.

Becky's research promises to help volunteer organizations develop focused strategies to sustain enthusiastic membership.

A key challenge that many wilderness stewardship organizations face is how to increase retention rates of volunteers. While many research studies have examined what motivates people to first start volunteering, much less is known about what keeps volunteers coming back over time. Preliminary research suggests that retention rates are influenced more by whether people feel socially connected and appreciated while volunteering, rather than their initial motivations to start volunteering. However, little is known about what types of strategies wilderness stewardship organizations can use to appeal to these personal and social motivations. In this study, we partnered with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance (NWSA) and the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) to examine best practices for enhancing retention rates among wilderness stewardship organizations. We conducted a nation-wide survey of volunteers and staff with wilderness stewardship organizations as well as over 30 interviews with with volunteers of PWV to understand factors influencing retention. We report on the results of those studies and provide suggestions for strategies that wilderness stewardship organizations can use to enhance retention. 

Past Webinars

Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization  

Jennifer Brandt of the Hispanic Access Foundation will show how your organization can join with Latinos across the nation during the week of July 13-21, 2019 to support the protection of our natural resources. 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. 

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Crowd Sourced Bird Conservation - “Merlin Bird ID”  Cornell University, Department of Ornithology will demonstrate the Merlin app to survey and report birds in your wilderness area.

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"Long Distance Trails in Wilderness” — Work with National Scenic and Historic Trail System Partners to expand volunteer opportunities with long distance trail partners.
This panel presentation brings together leaders in the long distance trail community to discuss issues common between wilderness areas and the long distance trail community around volunteer engagement and stewardship.
Participating in the panel are:
Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Teresa Martinez, Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Jennifer Tripp, Pacific Trail Association
Chelsea Bodamer, Partnership for the National Trails System

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WildSpotter - Crowd sourced Invasive Species Inventory

Mike Ielmini, National Invasive Species Manager for the USDA Forest Service, discusses use of the WildSpotter mobile phone app, a crowd source solution to invasive species survey. 

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”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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