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


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


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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


2021 NWSA Webinar Series 

December 14th 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.

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.

June 18th - 1:00 pm Mountain Time

Bringing you people and topics of interest to the wilderness stewardship community.

Poudre Wilderness Volunteer Crowd Funding Initiative

This session will offer insights into the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers recent CrowdFunding effort to raise funding for trail restoration. A panel of participants will describe the process and results from the initiative.

Jeff Randa - Jeff has 40 years of business-to-business marketing experience working in the engineered polymers and carbon fiber raw materials industry. He has worked closely with high performance outdoor gear manufacturers, helping them to introduce new products for outdoor enthusiasts. Jeff is recently retired and lives in Fort Collins CO. He is a patrolling member in PWV and also contributes to the Fund Development Committee. Jeff is passionate about public land stewardship and is an avid outdoor activities enthusiast, including hiking, biking, snow sports, paddle sports and wildlife and landscape photography.

Grace Wright (MBA, PMP) is a Fort Collins native. She teaches social enterprise and corporate sustainability in the Impact MBA at CSU and is the Head of Operations and Marketing at Carousel (a social emotional learning edtech startup). She also owns Wright Ventures, which helps early-stage entrepreneurs launch and scale. Grace became familiar with crowdfunding when raising money for her first venture and has helped many entrepreneurs implement crowdfunding best practices over the years.

Sean Orner is a 3-year member with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers. She serves on various committees including Public Outreach, assisting with the organization's social media management. Sean works as a bookkeeper for small businesses and lives in Red Feather Lakes, CO.

Coffee Hour Video

PWV Coffee Hour Information

PWV CrowdFunding Video

NWSA Funding Programs 

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

Learn more about NWSA funding programs on our Funding Page.  

News Release for Trail Stewardship Partner Funding

News Release for Wilderness Stewardship Performance Funding

Go to Funding Page


Summer 2021  -  Click Here to Download the Summer Newsletter

  • 2021 National Wilderness Workshop Information
  • 2021 Funding Programs
  • 2020 Wilderness Awards
  • 2020 Photo Contest Winners


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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