Freedom of the wilderness means many things to different people.  If you really want to enjoy it, you must recognize your responsibilities as adult human living in a world with others...Freedom gives no one license to change a heritage that belongs to the ages.  Sigurd Olson 1899-1982


Welcome to 2022!


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance exists to bring together the wilderness stewardship community into a growing network of volunteer-based non-profit organizations that provide stewardship for America's enduring resource of wilderness. Read More


What's Happening -


2022 NWSA Webinar Series 

First up in 2022:  
Stock use rules in BLM and USFS-managed wilderness.
One of the most common categories of rules in wilderness is rules associated with stock use. Stock rules can include feed requirements, party size limits, camping setbacks from water and/or trails, grazing restrictions, as well as stock restrictions to certain trails or outright prohibition of stock. This research describes the frequency of stock rules in wilderness areas managed by the BLM and USFS. Additionally, the differences associated with the rules that are included in Wilderness Character reports as well as how they are weighted are also explored.

C. “Griff” Griff is a Professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University. Her research focuses on unconfined recreation in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Randy Rasmussen, Public Lands Policy Expert for the Back Country Horsemen of America will also participate in this discussion with a horseman's perspective.
Our Next NWSA Coffee Hour:
Thursday, January 20th, at 1:00 pm Mountain Time

Confluence: A Blending of Traditions at Bears Ears and What we can Learn From It

NWSA is proud to have best selling author David Gessner join us for a far reaching conversation about the history and future of conservation.  David is known for his recent works:  All the Wild that Remains and Quiet Desperation - Savage Delight.  By starting with recent decisions about Bears Ears, David will weave a narrative about the hopes for new inclusion of native American ideas into conservation while still holding on to the best of conservation ideals from Teddy Roosevelt and other early conservation leaders.  Sure to include lot's of opportunity for audience participation and discussion, you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear from one of today's best conservation writers. 

Rescheduled for Wednesday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm MT
The National Wilderness Skills Institute, a Recap/Feedback Session
The Wilderness Skills Institute in May 2021 brought together agency and partner groups to do pre-season training using a virtual format.  How did this training work?  How successful were the objectives?  A panel of people responsible for the Institute will discuss their findings and results from the week and what the future of the NWSI might be.  Folks interested in the training possibilities of virtual session will find this webinar interesting.  
Key Speakers include:

John Campbell (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager – Southern Region)

Jimmy Gaudry (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager – Northern Region)

Bill Hodge (Executive Director – Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation)

Nancy Taylor (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager – Pacific Northwest Region)

Dusty Vaughn (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Specialist – Washington Office)

February Webinar

Tuesday, February 8th, 12:00 Noon PT to 1:30 pm PT - Special Time This event only

Wilderness management in a time of rapid change: A discussion of “triage” actions in the short-term

Some wilderness areas, particularly those close to large population centers, are changing rapidly, with exponential day use increases, and critical impacts to both visitor experiences and ecological resources. Wilderness stewards are challenged to address the implications and impacts of this increased use, and current collaborative planning strategies may not be responsive enough for urgent, emerging issues. When short-term, immediate action is needed, how do we “triage” management decisions? How to we identify the circumstances of when such triage is needed? How do we ensure that short-term actions lay a foundation for long-term collaborative planning? What practices and strategies can managers apply in these situations?

This webinar considers “triage” management, and it consists of three 5-8 minute ‘flash’ talks by the presenters, which are followed by breakout “sharing sessions” where participants can identify issues, discuss strategies and past actions, and share best practices.

Our presenters include: 

Bob Dvorak is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration at Central Michigan University. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wilderness ( Chris Armatas is a research social scientist at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, an interagency science unit administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service.

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Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Series

NWSA sponsored a 4 month webinar series that will assist wilderness stewardship groups in their wilderness stewardship advocacy efforts locally and nationally.  Starting with an Introduction to Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy, experts from the world of stewardship advocacy will share their experience, tips, and practical techniques for you to apply.  The series is now complete and can be viewed below.
Introduction to Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy
Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy 101
Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy 201
The ASK - Developing Your Requests Workshop
For complete information about the Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Webinar Series  CLICK HERE

NWSA Wilderness Coffee Hour - new Coffee Hours will return in 2022.  See our Special Webinar Series Above.

The 2021 National Wilderness Workshop - What an Amazing Week!

The National Wilderness Workshop was held virtually, November 15 -19th

Our theme:  "Advocating for Wilderness Stewardship:  The Tips, Tools, and Practical Techniques for the Wilderness Steward"

Click below to have access to the video recording and presentation materials from our fabulous speakers and panelists.  Over 30 hours of content to learn from.  Something for everyone from the latest wilderness stewardship examples, wilderness research, diversity and inclusion efforts, and working with indigenous communities.  The National Wilderness Stewardship and Forest Service National Awards are also included.

You can find our Stewardship Advocacy Webinar series that was completed this summer is available for viewing (see below).


Click Here for Videos and Presentation Materials

NWSA Funding Programs 

Projects for 2021 are winding down.  Check back in mid-January 2022 for information about our next Funding cycle.

Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.  

Go to Funding Page


Winter 2022  -  Click Here to Download the Winter Newsletter

  • 2021 National Wilderness Workshop Information
  • 2021 Wilderness Awards


The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Fund is dedicated to the support and help of new wilderness stewardship groups.

To read more about this new Fund to support wilderness stewardship CLICK HERE

National Wilderness Stewardship Awards

Please consider nominating worthy individuals and groups for the recognition they deserve.  A new Award solicitation cycle will begin in Spring 2022.

Check out all the details on our Awards Page.

NWSA is now 10 Years Old!

To celebrate we are hosting a Wilderness Stewardship Photo Contest.  See the Winners.

Winning Photos HERE


It's Time to JOIN or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs for 2022.

2021 Memberships end December 31, 2021.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2022.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2022 Fiscal Year.  We are changing our membership year to match the Calendar Year which better aligns with the National Wilderness Workshop and other membership programs.   Participate in webinars, apply for funding programs, get discounts at workshops and conferences.  Be kept advised of news and events affecting the wilderness stewardship community.  Join the community today!

In 2022, only Member Organizations will be able to apply for WSP Funding programs.


Have you read our latest Newsletter?  Click to Download the Newsletter

  • From the blog

    Member Profile

    Your Profile HERE.

    We are trying a new addition to our home page with periodic member profiles.  This month:  Poudre Wilderness Volunteers

    Poudre Wilderness Volunteers help protect four designated wilderness areas — Rawah, Comanche Peak, Neota, and Cache la Poudre — and many multi-use wild areas along the northern end of the Colorado Front Range.  We patrol primarily on the watersheds of the Cache la Poudre (Wild and Scenic) River and the Big Thompson River, extending a protected region from the northern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park nearly to the Wyoming border.


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    Heart of the Gila

    NWSA plans to use this space to profile many of the wilderness stewardship groups around the country.  This month we start with Heart of the Gila.

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