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 GETS AN AWARD!
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
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.
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.
Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Series
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
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FOR 2023
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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