There is a delight in the hardy life of the open.  There are no words that can tell the hidden spirt of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm.  Theodore Roosevelt


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 -

National Wilderness Stewardship Awards - now soliciting nominations for 2022.

Please consider nominating worthy individuals and groups for the recognition they deserve.  A new Award solicitation cycle is now active.  Deadline for submissions is February 28th.

Check out all the details on our Awards Page.

NWSA Board Announces Retirement of Executive Director, Randy Welsh

Randy Rasmussen, recently elected NWSA Board Chair, has released a statement announcing the retirement of NWSA Executive Director, Randy Welsh, effective in February 2023.  READ MORE HERE

Randy has been Executive Director since 2016 and has overseen the growth of NWSA to over 60 member organizations. 

The NWSA Board has launched a recruitment effort for a new Executive Director.  With over 100 applicants the Board is in the process of determining the best candidates for interviews.  Stay tuned.


NWSA BOARD Completes new Strategic Plan Visioning

During 2022 the NWSA Board has been busy updating our guiding documents and creating a new strategic plan for NWSA.  You can read about the new Strategic Vision here.  We hope you will take the time to familiarize yourself with it and then join us in its implementation.  Our overriding mission is still to promote and encourage volunteer stewardship in all wilderness areas as well as ensure there is a stewardship group available for all units of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  Look for more exciting news in the days ahead.

SAVE THE DATE - Breaking News

The National Wilderness Workshop has been rescheduled to April 17 - 22th in Missoula Montana.  

The Society of Wilderness Stewardship is the lead for planning this year's event.  They will be sending out notices soon for this year's gathering of the wilderness community.  They have been working with local tribal interests in Montana to have a focus theme around working with indigenous communities.  Stay tuned for more details and visit the SWS website for breaking news.  SWS Website


NWSA was honored recently by the Public Lands Alliance as a 2022 Public Land Partner along with the USDA Forest Service.

You can watch the award ceremony video here.  CLICK HERE

NWSA FUNDING PROGRAMS - 2023 Funding Program Information Available!

Both the National Forest Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding and the National Forest System Trail Stewardship Partner Funding programs are currently soliciting project proposals for 2023 field season.  Details are on our Funding Programs Page.


2023 NWSA Webinar Series 

January 17th, 2023 1:00 pm Mountain Time

The National Museum of Forest Service History
Dave Stack, Vice President, as well as Historian and Archivist, and Lisa Tate, Executive Director, at the National Museum of Forest Service History in Missoula Montana will talk about the current expansion plans for the museum especially the role Wilderness Conservation will play in the new design scheme. 
Dave received a BS degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University in 1964 and Master of Forestry degree from Duke University in 1965.
Dave had an extensive career in the Forest Service in Minnesota (Chequamegon and Duluth NF's) and West Virginia (Monongahela NF) as well as in Montana on the Bitterroot National Forest.

Lisa Tate’s career in Museum and Nonprofit management has spanned nearly forty years, thirty of which were in senior leadership positions. She has worked as a staff consultant for Nonprofit Solutions in the role of Capital Campaign Manager (International, National, Regional & Local levels), Major Gifts Officer, Long Range Planner and Interim Executive/ Transition Leadership.

Museum roles have included General Curator, Collections Manager, Accreditation Inspector, Assistant Director and Executive Director, including 18 years with the City of Boise where she worked with Zoo Boise and also served on Mayoral task forces for public arts and economic development.  Lisa holds a Master degree in Nonprofit Management and is a Certified Fund Raising Manager from Indiana University Lily School of Philanthropy.  She has served on several nonprofit boards including 8 years as President of a national nonprofit association.  She has also served as a Trustee for several nonprofit foundations. 

In 2016 Lisa was pleased to join the National Museum of Forest Service History as the organization’s Executive Director and is looking forward to the construction of the Museum’s flagship facility- the National Conservation Legacy Center.

Dave and Lisa's  presentation will be of interest to anyone interested in Forest Service history, the scale and scope of the National Museum, and how wilderness stewardship partners might engage with museum expansion plans.

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


Winter 2023  -  coming soon!


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


October - December is the Time to JOIN or RENEW your NWSA Membership.  Don't miss out on NWSA Funding Programs for 2023.

Remember to renew your NWSA Membership for 2023.  Click here for details.

It is now time to renew membership in NWSA for the 2023 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 2023, only Member Organizations will be able to apply for WSP Funding programs.


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    Member Profile

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    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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