NWSA Summer 2017 WSP Grants have been awarded!

It was very hard to decide because all the projects reviewed were very good.  The selected projects made the highest contribution to WSP scoring for their Forest Service wilderness areas while having low costs or engaging large number of volunteers.  Many had very high cash or in-kind contributions.  Read on to learn more...

The Summer 2017 WSP Grant program selections have been made.

Summer 2017 Grant awards went to:

  • AIM for Wilderness Stewardship
  • Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Foundation
  • Discovery Southeast
  • Friends of Kings Peak
  • Friends of Wilderness
  • Idaho Trails Association
  • Idaho Youth Employment Program
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
  • New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
  • Northwoods Volunteer Connection
  • Partners of Joyce Kilmer - Slickrock
  • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • Selway Bitterroot-Frank Church Foundation
  • Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Ventana Wilderness Alliance
  • Wilderness Institute

Each of these projects had significant cash or in-kind contributions, focused on activities that will increase WSP scoring, and were well supported by their local Ranger District.

Projects that were unsuccessful were either just outside the range of available funding, or did not clearly focus on WSP scoring activities.  Many good trail maintenance projects were proposed, but trails maintenance is not a WSP scoring activity.  Future applicants are encouraged to reference the WSP Guidebook to ensure their proposed activities will contribute to WSP scoring.

Thank you to all 31 organizations who proposed projects during this WSP grant cycle.  We only wish we had more money to distribute as each project would have made a difference for wilderness.

Be looking for future grant offerings on our NWSA Grants webpage.