WSP Funding Info


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is proud of the partnership with the Forest Service to bring our partner members the Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) activity grants.  Grants have been offered Summer 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017, Winter 2017 and Summer 2018 and just recently for Winter 2018-19.  Check back in Jan-Feb for the 2019 Funding Programs

What is the WSP Grant Program

Wilderness Stewardship Performance is the suite of activities which the Forest Service uses to measure their wilderness stewardship accomplishment. This grant program is for wilderness stewardship volunteer organizations to support wilderness stewardship activities that contribute to overall improvement in wilderness stewardship performance scores for individual wilderness areas.

NWSA and the Forest Service are pleased to offer this opportunity for wilderness stewardship groups to assist the Forest Service in meeting their wilderness stewardship performance goals.  We are hoping that the success of this grant program will lead to its further expansion in the future.

Depending on funding NWSA will accept applications for both Summer and Fall Programs.  The Fall WSP application period typically runs from Oct 1 - Nov 15.  The Summer WSP application period typically runs from Feb 15 - April 15.  Please check back periodically for actual application periods.

WSP Reference Resources

As a refresher on the WSP Grant Program two Powerpoints from the Summer/Fall 2016 session are available for review.  

Powerpoint #1 explains the WSP Program as described by Steve Boutcher, Forest Service Wilderness Information Manager.

Powerpoint #2 describes the NWSA Grant Program as delivered by Randy Welsh, Executive Director of NWSA.

Or see the Forest Service Wilderness Stewardship Performance Guidebook for more detailed information about the activities that qualify. 

Ten Strategies for a Successful Grant Application


Winter 2018-19 WSP Funding Awarded.

Congratulations to the awardees:

Absaroka-Beartooth Foundation

Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

Save Our Canyons

Selway-Bitterroot / Frank Church Foundation

Sikiyou Mountain Club


For Information about the Winter 2018-2019 WSP Program read the Winter 2018-2019 WSP Fact Sheet.

Click Here for the Winter 2018-2019 WSP Application.

Click Here for the Winter 2018-2019 WSP Budget Form.

Read the Winter 2018-2019 WSP Announcement Email Blast.

Applicants must be members in good standing of NWSA.  Join or Renew your Membership Here.

Previous WSP Grant Awards

Summer 2018 WSP Grant Cycle

2018 WSP Awards News Release

2018 WSP Awards Fact Sheet

2018 Summer WSP Final Report Template - for those preparing final reports for the 2018 Summer WSP program use this template.

Awardees for the Summer 2018 WSP Grant cycle include:

  • AIM for Wilderness Stewardship
    Ascend Wilderness Experience
    BCHA - Motherlode
    Friends of Mt Evans - Lost Creek
    Friends of the Inyo
    Great Basin Institute
    Great Broads - Cascade-Volcano
    Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
    Phoenix School
    Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
    Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
    Selway Bitterroot - Frank Church Foundation - Frank Church
    Selway Bitterroot - Frank Church Foundation -Bitterroot
    Student Conservation Association - Frank Church
    Sitka Conservation Society
    Sky Island Alliance
    Upper Gila Watershed
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance
    Western Slope Conservation Center
    Wilderness Institute

Winter 2018 WSP Grant Cycle

Awardees for the Winter 2017 WSP Grant Cycle incude:

  • Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation
  • AIM for Wilderness Stewardship
  • Backcountry Horsemen of Los Padres
  • Friends of Nevada Wilderness
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
  • Siskiyou Mountain Club
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance

Summer 2017 WSP Grant Cycle

Awardees for the summer 2017 WSP Grant Cycle include:

  • AIM for Wilderness Stewardship
  • Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation
  • Discovery Southeast
  • Friends of the Eagle Nest Wilderness
  • Friends of Kings Peak
  • Friends of Wilderness
  • Idaho Trails Association
  • Idaho Youth Employment Program
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • Northwoods Volunteer Connection
  • Partners of Joyce Kilmer - Slickrock
  • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • Selway Bitterroot-Frank Church Foundation
  • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance
  • Wilderness Institute, University of Montana


Winter 2017 WSP Grant Cycle

Awardees for the Winter 2017 WSP Grants include:

  • Arizona Wilderness Coalition
  • Friends of Nevada Wilderness
  • High Desert Trail Riders, BCHA
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
  • Phoenix School, Roseburg Oregon
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance
  • Wilderness Workshop


Summer 2016 Interim Final Report Now Available..

The Interim Final Report for the Summer 2016 WSP Projects is available to review.  Click Here...

With 15 of the 17 projects totally complete this report offers an executive summary report of accomplishments during May - September 2016.  The Final Report, to be published in June 2017, will also include work completed in the Fall of 2016 and during the Winter 2016-2017 WSP Grant Cycle.

Summer/Fall 2016 WSP Grant Awardees

  • Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
  • Wilderness Institute - UM
  • Sitka Conservation Society
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance
  • Arizona Wilderness Coalition
  • Discovery Southeast
  • Absaroka Beartooth Foundation
  • Poudre Wilderness Volunteers
  • Upper Gila Watershed Alliance
  • Mother Lode - Backcountry Horsemen
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
  • Friends of Nevada Wilderness - Wovoka
  • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
  • Youth Employment Salmon
  • Friends of Kings Peak
  • SCA - Sheep Creek Knapweed Monitoring
  • Friends of Nevada Wilderness - Mt. Rose