WSP Funding Info


Now Accepting Applications Through April 15, 2019 for Summer 2019

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. 

What is the WSP Funding Program

Wilderness Stewardship Performance is the suite of activities which the Forest Service uses to measure their wilderness stewardship accomplishment. This fudning 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 funding 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 Funding 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 Funding Program as delivered by Randy Welsh, Executive Director of NWSA.

And Check out our Recent Webinar - "NWSA Funding Programs"  on the webinar page for more information.

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


Summer 2019 WSP Funding Application Materials to be available February 18, 2019.

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

Summer 2019 WSP Fact Sheet

Summer 2019 WSP News Release Email

Each Application requires an:

Questions about the National Forest Wilderness Stewardship Performance Partnership Funding may be addressed to Randy Welsh, Executive Director, NWSA at either 801-808-2167 or



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

Ventana Wilderness Alliance


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


Previous WSP Grant Awards

Summer 2018 WSP Grant Cycle

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/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