New 2023 Wilderness Stewardship Webinar Series
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Times: usually at 12 noon Pacific Time / 1 pm Mountain Time / 2 pm Central Time / 3 pm Eastern.
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2023 NWSA Webinar Series
March 7th, 2023 1:00 pm Mountain Time
NWSA FUNDING PROGRAMS
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 Trails: Special Places, Special Considerations
This webinar will provide some basic information on trails in federally-designated Wilderness, examples of practical experiences, and resources to learn more.
Volunteers are integral to the success and function of the USDA Forest Service. Since passage of the Volunteers in the National Forests Act of 1972, which authorized the agency to accept voluntary services, 2.7+ million volunteers have contributed more than 120 million hours of service (valued at over $1.4 billion) to help care for the land and serve people.
This session will detail when and how to fill out the Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resources Agencies (OF-301a) and Group Volunteer Sign-Up (OF-301b) forms as well as touch on topics such as reimbursements, background checks, and volunteer recognition. Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will also provide examples of how they are utilizing technology to sign up and manage volunteersThis webinar will explore the procedures and processes for volunteering with the USDA Forest Service. From the forms needed to working with local units. This session will help anyone or any organization volunteer their time for a project on the National Forests. Our speakers for this webinar include Chelsea Muise and Kevin Cannon.
Kevin Cannon was the Wilderness, Trails, and Wild & Scenic Rivers program manager on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, Arapaho-Roosevelt NF from September of 2001 thru December of 2019. Kevin was also the Forest Service liaison to the nationally renowned Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) based in Fort Collins, Colorado. PWV can boast of contributing over 24,000 hours of volunteer service to the Canyon Lakes Ranger District in 2019 with 320 volunteers. Kevin now contracts back to help the FS during the extreme personnel shortage in the Recreation department. Basically, lending his learned skills, knowledge and generally aiding in moving the recreation programs along. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in Forest Management in May 1980. Kevin has been with the Forest Service working in Wilderness and trails for more than 35 years. In 2005 Kevin was awarded the Bob Marshall Wilderness Champion Award for helping all levels of the Forest Service manage Wilderness through his work on the Forest Service’s Wilderness Information Management Steering Group national team. And in 2019 Kevin was recognized as the Wild & Scenic River Outstanding River Manager
A Journey with the Media - How to work with today's media.
Doing good work for wilderness? Struggling with how to tell your organization's story? This webinar will explain how one group learned how to tell their story through the media.. And it resulted in an EMMY! Members of the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers will share their journey of engaging with various media channels in an effort to expand communication about their wilderness stewardship efforts. These media channels include television, radio, print and social media. Working the channels is a nuanced initiative and the learning over time led to being awarded a regional Emmy.
The discussion will revolve around the various interactions and programs with the media, critical key lessons learned and how to keep programs moving forward. Jeff Randa and Sean Orner will lead the discussion. Jeff is the PWV point person with television, print and radio and has over 40 years experience in marketing. Sean leads the social media activities and has contemporary experience in leveraging the correct approach for all such platforms.
trail projects that further the Legacy Roads and Trails criteria on National Forest System trails. Cathy Corlett, the Legacy Trails Program Director from American Trails will present about this amazing new opportunity.
This program will award funds to stewardship organizations and local government entities for completing motorized and nonmotorized trail projects on National
Forest System lands. This funding is not for routine annual trail maintenance. Projects must improve water quality, restore aquatic organism passages, preserve access, decommission
National Forest System roads, unauthorized trails or previously closed trails, and/or provide for more resilient and sustainable National Forest System trails, trail bridges and trail infrastructure.
There is wide latitude on how projects are developed and designed. Projects can include NEPA planning, trail clearing, brushing, tread repair, trail relocation, bridge and structure repair or
replacement, and installation of trail signs provided they contribute to the goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. These activities may reduce existing trail deferred maintenance 1 . All trail
work must meet National Quality Standards 2 , design parameters 3 , and be consistent with the Forest Service Trail Management Objectives 4.
Come and learn how your organization may benefit from this new source of funding.
March 31, 10:00 am PT
April 12th 1:00 pm MT
Beyond Secretaries, Hostesses, and Cooks: The Power, Humility, and Compassion of Women who Battled to Save Wilderness
Michelle L. Reilly, Ph.D from the Fish and Wildlife Service will share her insights behind the women involved in the early days of the conservation movement. Come hear the stories about women who were in the trenches of the wilderness movement from its inception.
In 1964, the 88th Congress passed an act to establish the National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes. Before the Wilderness Act was passed, 66 drafts of the bill were written, and Congress debated for eight years.
During this time, from the 1940 to the 1960s, women were still seen as homemakers and husbands’ helpers. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the Com¬mission on the Status of Women and appointed Eleanor Roosevelt as chairwoman. In a televised 1962 discussion with Roosevelt, Kennedy stated, “We want to be sure that women are used as effectively as they can to provide a better life for our people, in addition to meeting their primary responsibility, which is in the home.”
Society viewed women as homemakers and housewives. It is no surprise then, that stories of women’s role in our wilderness history are seldom told. It is disheartening that the important female figures of our wilderness history are not credited. These stories have a critical place and need to be heard. This presentation tells the stories of several women who contributed to our wilderness legacy
February 8th, 12:00 Noon PT to 1:30 pm PT - Special Time This event only
Wilderness management in a time of rapid change: A discussion of “triage” actions in the short-term
Some wilderness areas, particularly those close to large population centers, are changing rapidly, with exponential day use increases, and critical impacts to both visitor experiences and ecological resources. Wilderness stewards are challenged to address the implications and impacts of this increased use, and current collaborative planning strategies may not be responsive enough for urgent, emerging issues. When short-term, immediate action is needed, how do we “triage” management decisions? How to we identify the circumstances of when such triage is needed? How do we ensure that short-term actions lay a foundation for long-term collaborative planning? What practices and strategies can managers apply in these situations?
This webinar considers “triage” management, and it consists of three 5-8 minute ‘flash’ talks by the presenters, which are followed by breakout “sharing sessions” where participants can identify issues, discuss strategies and past actions, and share best practices.
Our presenters include:
Bob Dvorak is a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration at Central Michigan University. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wilderness (www.ijw.org). Chris Armatas is a research social scientist at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, an interagency science unit administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service.
Rescheduled for Wednesday, February 2nd at 1:00 pm MT
John Campbell (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager – Southern Region)
Jimmy Gaudry (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Program Manager – Northern Region)
Bill Hodge (Executive Director – Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation)
Dusty Vaughn (Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Specialist – Washington Office)
Confluence: A Blending of Traditions at Bears Ears and What we can Learn From It
NWSA is proud to have best selling author David Gessner join us for a far reaching conversation about the history and future of conservation. David is known for his recent works: All the Wild that Remains and Quiet Desperation - Savage Delight. By starting with recent decisions about Bears Ears, David will weave a narrative about the hopes for new inclusion of native American ideas into conservation while still holding on to the best of conservation ideals from Teddy Roosevelt and other early conservation leaders. Sure to include lot's of opportunity for audience participation and discussion, you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear from one of today's best conservation writers.
C. “Griff” Griff is a Professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University. Her research focuses on unconfined recreation in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Randy Rasmussen, Public Lands Policy Expert for the Back Country Horsemen of America will also participate in this discussion with a horseman's perspective.
The Wilderness Stewardship Advocacy Series
NWSA June Coffee Hour
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.
Short Term Fundraising Events for Wilderness Stewards
Peggie grew up in the mountains of rural western Maine and has now lived in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for the better part of a decade. Peggie obtained her M.S in Natural Science Education and Environmental and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming in 2018. Immediately following her degree she joined the Wyoming Wilderness Association team and has been enthralled with her work to protect Wyoming public wildlands even since.
Kelsey Maxwell is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. In this role, Kelsey works to build a community of Idahoans and Montanans around a love for our wild backyard through outdoor education, stewardship projects, hikes, and fundraising events. She will discuss her efforts to raise money via online fundraising campaigns.
Tuesday, May 11th 1:00 pm MT
BUILDING WILDERNESS PARTNERSHIPS THROUGH EMPATHY
Chris Armatas, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
Foundations of the wilderness movement were built from common ground and purpose to see the Wilderness Act across the finish line. Working as a community with shared goals and understanding will help us successfully steward wild lands into the future and requires us to build strong and empathetic connections together. To help us understand what that means, this webinar presents the results of data collected during a session on shared stewardship and empathy at the 2019 National Wilderness Workshop, where we learned from our rich history of partnership and collaboration and worked together to help chart those partnerships into the future. Dr. Chris Armatas of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute analyzed and categorized participant responses to the 2019 survey and empathy exercise. The results from this applied research will be shared with you during the webinar, which provide an update to knowledge surrounding the issues of Wilderness shared stewardship today and yield insights into how to foster empathy among those within the Wilderness community who are focused on developing and maintaining partnerships for shared stewardship of the NWPS. This information is sure to inform our wilderness stewardship work and nurture a greater understanding to guide the whole wilderness community into the future together.
Tuesday, October 20
Stop, Stand Back and Speak:
(A Smile Helps Too)
Maximize Your Positive Interactions with People on Horseback
Most trail users are familiar with the Share the Trail “yield triangle,” which asks that hikers and bikers yield to persons
on horseback. The reasons behind such trail etiquette are rooted in animal psychology and behavior. Yet many
stewardship volunteers, including hikers, trail runners, backpackers and mountain bicyclists are unfamiliar with the
reasons why horses and mules might react adversely when thrust into a surprise encounter.
This webinar will provide participants with useful information on ways to minimize trail conflict and how to work
comfortably alongside packstock during stewardship projects.
The presenters will walk webinar participants through topics such as:
• The benefits of incorporating users of packstock, which includes horses and mules, into trial work
parties and stewardship projects.
• Horse psychology, including:
Horse sense: How a horse interprets its world through sight, sound and
Fears and concerns of a prey animal (from the eyes of the horse).
Fight or flight: Why even a well-trained horse might occasionally “bolt.”
How to “read” a horse’s state of mind (pro tip: Vulcan mind-meld not
• Trail and weather characteristics that serve to minimize surprise encounters with pack and saddle
• Fears and concerns of the horseback rider.
• Best practices to minimize your anxiety or fear, or that of others in your party, when encountering
stock on the trail or during joint stewardship projects.
• Horse poop (aka, manure): Is it something to fear?
The webinar will be interactive, in order to recognize the accumulated experience of webinar participants, with ample
time for audience Q&A or story-telling. We implore participants to help us craft an informative webinar, the recording
of which can serve as an educational tool for trail users and professionals for years to come.
The Great American Outdoors Act is moving through Congress. What does this Act mean for Wilderness Stewardship? For Trail Stewardship? Come join a panel discussion with Tyler Ray from American Hiking Society, Ben Lara and Brenda Yankoviak US Forest Service discuss what this Act means for Stewardship. There is potentially millions of dollars available for groups to use for stewardship.
Tuesday, June 16Women-Led Stewardship and Conservation — a Panel DiscussionShelley Silbert, Executive DirectorGreat Old Broads for WildernessFrom Marjory Stoneman Douglas to Mardie Murie to Winona LaDuke and more, women have long led the fight for land protection, conservation, and stewardship. Yet women’s contributions have often gone unrecognized, and too few have held leadership positions in national, regional, or local organizations. Join Shelley Silbert, Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, for a panel to explore why women are so critical to public lands protection, and how women’s leadership is critical to protection of our last wild places. Panelists include Camilla Simon, Executive Director of HECHO (Hispanics Enjoying Camping Hunting and the Outdoors); Marcia Brownlee, Program Manager with Artemis (an organization of sportswomen who are out to change the face of conservation), and Christine Hill, Associate Director of the Lands, Water and Wildlife Campaign of the Sierra Club.
Tuesday, April 14, 1:00 PM Mountain time:
Balancing Advocacy and Stewardship to Protect Wild Lands: The Great Old Broads for Wilderness ModelWe love our wild lands! Whether it is for recreation, exploration, or to find a glorious escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, there is a place for everyone to enjoy the wild outdoors. Unfortunately, public lands are threatened and under constant attack from resource extraction to climate change to the impacts of public recreation. There is an excellent way to get involved and protect the places we love while having the opportunity to engage with them. Join Great Old Broads for Wilderness Associate Director, Lauren Berutich, to explore how the alignment of a solid advocacy and stewardship plan can effectively and deeply shift community activism to a new level of success. Let’s go on a "Broadwork"!A bio of Lauren can be found here: https://www.greatoldbroads.org/our-staff/
February 10, 2020
January 14, 2020
Wildspotter - a Mobile Application for Invasive Species Inventory
Rachel Carroll, Unviersity of Georgia
Wild SpotterTM is a national project to promote the engagement and empowerment of the public in our fight against invasive species. Since launching in 2018, Wild Spotter has expanded into 19 National Forests and 8 Tribal Lands across the United States. The project continues to grow and develop through its collaboration with great partners. To date, Wild Spotter has established 54 partnerships with federal and non-federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations and stakeholders which ultimately grows the local capacity for documenting invasive species. This webinar will provide an overview of Wild Spotter, highlight its progress as an innovative citizen science project, and offer details for future Wild Spotter project updates.
December 10 at 1:00 Mountain Time
Wilderness Character Monitoring - an Update
A visit with Julie King, Program Manager for Wilderness Character Monitoring, on how the Forest Service is progressing with implementation of Wilderness Character Monitoring.
National Public Lands Day - Tips on How to Have a Successful Event
Tony Richardson, from the National Environmental Education Foundation describes National Public Lands Day programs, and how your organization can be involved.
Latino Conservation Week and Your Organization
"Long Distance Trails in Wilderness” — Work with National Scenic and Historic Trail System Partners to expand volunteer opportunities with long distance trail partners.
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Its Structure, Goals, Roles for Volunteer-based Stewardship Organizations
with USFS’ Ralph Swain