National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance News
May, 2013, Vol. 2, Issue 5
In This Issue
Advocacy & Stewardship
New Group Tackles Blowdown
June Workshop
Crosscut Saw Update
Support Our Work
Photo Contest
Events and Resources
Join Our Mailing List!

How, and under what circumstances should stewardship groups take up the banner of advocacy, or advocacy organizations take on stewardship activities?

Each direction may be a useful progression for your group.

Do potential rewards and risks balance out?

This month, we begin a conversation about blending advocacy and stewardship, with some thoughts from Adam Andis of Sitka Conservation Society.

Read the article, then email us your thoughts.  

Happy Trails! 

Dave Cantrell  

On Being Advocates


peregrine, Craig Koppie usfws photo  

Advocacy and stewardship are hardly mutually exclusive.  Yet, some stewardship groups refuse to engage in advocacy, while some 
wilderness advocacy groups - many of them national -- loathe to take up stewardship.    

New Group, Mighty Impact


UAWV, 2012 When thousands of trees blew down in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of Colorado, a new stewardship group got to work, helping to clear the Colorado Trail.  


What's next for the intrepid Upper Arkansas Wilderness Volunteers?

Get Your Group Started:   NWSA Workshop, Colorado, June 15 

George Wuerthner photo


If you're trying to start a wilderness group or need inspiration for your existing group, join Dave Cantrell, Chris Brown and others for NWSA's summer workshop in Buena Vista, Colorado.    

Learn more. 




Crosscut Saw Training Update  

Volunteer with crosscut saw, Ansel Adams Wilderness  

The Forest Service has been working for more than a year to establish a draft policy for standardized training on crosscut saws.  


Read the latest here.



Help Us Grow Our Community of Wilderness Stewards!
Youth planting trees, USFS photo  

Wilderness50 Photo Contest  

Desolation Canyon, Utah, BLM photo  

Wilderness50 has launched a nationwide photo contest for this summer (2013), with winning photographs to be exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.   


Photo categories include scenic landscapes, wildlife, people in wilderness and inspirational moments.   Learn more. 



Jobs, Events and Resources

Wilderness Ranger Academy June 4 - 7 
Region 5, San Bernardino N.F., California 
The academy is an opportunity for new wilderness stewards to learn from experienced volunteers and forest service staff.   Certification workshops in LNT, crosscut saw, more.


National Equestrian Trails Conference July 18-20

The theme of this year's National Equestrian Trails Conference is Helping the American Trail Rider Understand Conservation Policy.  Speakers include NWSA board member Bill Hodge.  There will also be trail events and workshops.  July 18-20, 2013 -- Rock Hill, S.C.



Save the Date!
Wilderness -- Connecting us All, the national wilderness stewardship conference will be October 25-26 in Big Bear Lake, California.







We have posted a number of openings, including science positions, a director of education, and firefighting and seasonal positions, at our job board at: 


  If you have a job opening -- whether paid or volunteer -- send it to us for our jobs board.








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The mission of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance is to develop a network of volunteer-based organizations to provide stewardship for America's enduring resource of wilderness.  Our vision is to see each wilderness area within the National Wilderness Preservation System adopted by a local wilderness stewardship organization working in partnership with federal land agencies and dedicated to protecting and nurturing the area's wilderness



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Photo Credits 

Sawyer - USFS photo;
Trailwork - Bill Hodge photo;
Monitoring invasive species - USFS photo;
Youth planting tree - USFS photo

Stacy Bare, the Sierra Club
Trail clearing, Siskiyou Mountain Club
Howard Zahniser,