WSP Grant Info

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is pleased to announce a continuation of the partnership with the Forest Service to bring our partner members the Wilderness Stewardship Performance (WSP) activity grants for the Summer 2017.

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.

Summer WSP 2017 Grant Program Details - Summer Selections have been Made!  See list below or Blog.

The application period for Summer 2017 WSP Grants closed March 10th.  Approximately $180,000 is available to be granted during the Summer 2017, for work completed May 2017 through September 2017.   19 project proposals were awarded, ranging from $2,500 - $20,000.

31 organizations submitted applications for this round of grants.  Grant requests ranged from $2,000 to $20,000.  A variety of WSP activities were proposed including recreation site inventory, solitude monitoring, wilderness character monitoring, invasive species survey and eradication, water quality monitoring, trail assessments, and various kinds of trail work.

Information about this session of the WSP Grant Award program can be found in the NWSA Summer 2017 WSP Grant FAQ's.

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. 

Previous WSP Grant Awards

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

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