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 -


The National Wilderness Workshop is coming this Fall to Missoula Montana, October 25-28th. 

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.


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


19 Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding Program projects are active this summer.

Through our partnership with the USDA Forest Service, 19 organizations received funding for Wilderness Stewardardship Performance work this summer totaling over $200,000.  Organizations receiving WSP funding for 2022 include:

Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation
BCHA Motherlode Chapter
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club
Friends of the Inyo
Great Old Broads - Cascade Volcano Chapter
Great Old Broads - Willamette Valley
Idaho Conservation League
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
New Mexico Wild
Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation
Sitka Conservation Society
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Western Slope Conservation Center
Wild Alabama
Wild Arizona
Wilderness Workshop
Wyoming Wilderness Association

National Forest System Trail Stewardship Trail Partner Funding Programs are tentatively on hold, pending final allocation of 2022 funding.

Unfortunately, the 2022 Trail Partner Funding is held up pending final paperwork and signatures.  We expect our agreement to be funded soon but don't know the exact timing.  A total of 25 out of 76 projects have been selected for funding.  In the meantime, you can read this FACT Sheet about selected projects.  Organizations with selected projects include:  

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
BCHA - Gila
BCHA - Motherlode
BCHA - San Joaquin-Sierra
BCHA - Teton Valley
Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Cadillac Area Ski Club
Continental Divide Trail Coalition
Eagle Summit Wilderness Association
Friends of Pathways
Friends of Scotchman Peak
Headwaters Trail Alliance
Heart of the Gila
Idaho Trails Association
LaVeta Trails
Munising Bay Trails
New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Ridgeline Outdoor Collective VMBA
Routt County Riders
Sawtooth Society
Source One Serenity
Tahoe Rim Trail Association
Tuolumne River Trust
Trails Foundation of Northern Utah
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Wallowa Mountain Hells Canyon
Washington Trail Association
Wilderness Volunteers - Intermountain Region
Wilderness Volunteers - Superior
Wildlands Restoration
Wounded Soldiers and Families


2022 NWSA Webinar Series 

July Webinar - Tuesday, July 19th, 1:00 pm Mountain Time  - "Food Storage Solutions to Prevent Wildlife Conflicts"

With more people enjoying the outdoors, proper food storage is even more of an issue in remote areas. To avoid wildlife conflicts proper food storage is essential.

Join Sarah Leichnetz, head of relations at BearVault®, for a discussion on why food storage in the wild is becoming a primary conservation initiative for the outdoor community.

BearVault® is the leading manufacturer of bear-resistant food canisters for backpackers and outdoor enthusiasts and is known for its clear, wide opening, tool-free canisters that make it easy for people to protect their food from animals. Based at the foot of the Rockies in Louisville, Colorado, BearVault is a values driven, carbon positive company that integrates sustainability and wildlife conservation into its business practices. Please visit us at, Instagram: BearVault, Facebook: BearVaultCanisters, TikTok: BearVaultCanisters.

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

Coming Soon.

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


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.

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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