I believe we have a profound fundamental need for areas of the earth where we stand without our mechanisms that make us immediate masters over our environment” - Howard Zahnizer, author of the Wilderness Act.



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 -

Fall 2020 Newsletter Now Available

Click Here to Download the Fall Newsletter

NWSA establishes the new National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance Fund

To support Wilderness Stewardship start-ups.

Read more about this new Fund to support wilderness stewardship HERE

2021 NWSA Webinar Series 

Tuesday, February 9th  1:00 pm MT
NWSA Funding Programs - What do WSP Funding and Trail Stewardship Have in Common
Randy Welsh, Executive Director of NWSA will describe the two main funding programs NWSA will offer in 2021, the Wilderness Stewardship Performance PArtner Funding, and the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding.  Randy will detail the requirements of both programs, deadlines, and will offer tips on how to write and submit a successful proposal.  If your organization is looking for funding, then this is one webinar you won't want to miss.

The National Wilderness Workshop for 2021 is in the planning stage.

The next National Wilderness Workshop is planned for Roanoke Virginia November 15-18.  Our theme is "Advocating for Wilderness Stewardship:  The tools, techniques and best practices for stewardship advocacy for the wilderness steward."  An optional Advocacy Trip to Washington DC will be offered November 18-20.  Please save the dates. 

NWSA/SWS National Wilderness Stewardship Awards Program

The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance and Society of Wilderness Stewardship National Wilderness Stewardship awards were announced October 14th.  We are pleased to honor our first slate of awardees on our Awards Page.

NWSA Funding Programs 

Now Accepting Proposals for Wilderness Stewardship Performance Partner Funding, and National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding. 

Deadline March 26th, 2021.

It's time to submit proposals for the C?Y 2021 Program.  Projects completing wilderness and trail stewardship projects now being considered.  Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.  

Go to Funding Page

COVID-19 is affecting Wilderness Stewardship across the nation.

What is your organization doing to address this crisis?

What practices are you adopting to help reduction possibilities of infection?

How is social distancing working in your area?

The Covid-19 crisis is affecting us all and wilderness is no different.  Wherever people gather the risks of infection spread increase.  Many groups are adopting changes to their operations and curtailing volunteer activities in the short term.  What do the long term prospects look like for Wilderness?

NWSA has collected a variety of information resources from around the country that give you a starting point for addressing your own organizational response.  We are also working with a team of organizations around the country to develop best mgt practices and communications you can use in the coming days.  Stay tuned.

Click Here for COVID - 19 Information Resources.

NWSA is now 10 Years Old!

To celebrate we are hosting a Wilderness Stewardship Photo Contest.  Deadline Extended to December 31, 2020.

10 year Photo Contest Extended.

Help us celebrate our 10th anniversary by submitting your best Wilderness photos! NWSA is hosting a photo contest now through December 31, 2020, to raise awareness of those who steward our Wilderness areas while celebrating a decade of our efforts to bring together the Wilderness stewardship community. You may submit up to (2) photos in the following categories:

  • Before and After: Featuring tangible results of on-the-ground Wilderness stewardship projects
  • Stewardship in Action: Working to steward Wilderness areas
  • Traditional Skills: Showcasing Wilderness stewardship skills
  • Scenic Landscape: Highlighting the beauty of Wilderness

Winners will be announced on or around January 15, 2021. Winners do not have to be present to win. Stay tuned for more information on prizes!

It's Time to JOIN or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs for 2020.

2020 Memberships end December 31, 2020.  Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2020 and extend into 2021.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2020 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 2021, only Member Organizations will be able to apply for WSP Funding programs.


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  • 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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