Dispatches From the Field: The Dumbest Thing

“That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard,” Coker Creek native and all-around burley boy, Jacob reminds me of his frustration of us not bringing the chainsaw into Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness. I heard him say “That’s about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard” about nine times before we put the truck in Park at the […]

Dispatches from the Field: Trail Capitan’s Log

Trail Capitan’s Log Capitan Matt McWilliams Citico Creek Wilderness This July the 21st, in the year of 2017, Midsummer’s night marks the departure of our trusty vessel, Pedro the van, west, towards the Citico Creek wilds. Little did we know that even before setting foot on wilderness soil, we would be encountering strange beasts. While […]

On Citico Creek- Part II

By Chris Robey When we brush, we work close to the water and use our creek voices to speak. The water’s voice is so loud you have to shout just to let someone know you’re bumping them by, and even then you’re never completely certain they heard you. I might notice Andi or Kajler speaking […]

Seasonal Service and Lasting Lessons

By Elizabeth Collins There I found myself – at the end of yet another seasonal job. I was getting good at this – not making any commitments lasting longer than one year (career-wise, anyway). Three work places down – one for each year since graduating college. But this time, I was on the hunt for […]

Looking Back on 2016, and Gearing Up for 2017

2016 was a breakthrough year for SAWS and the accomplishments can be measured in miles, smiles and legislation. It was a year of growth and transition and a year of new endeavors. We launched a new partnership with the United States Naval Academy, and took on management of the Linville Gorge Information Cabin. The seasonal […]

On Citico Creek-Part I

By Chris Robey One privy ditch dug, one bear bag hung and after a long first day my crewmates and I rest now on the cobble-strewn bank of Citico Creek. Fallen mountain laurel blooms litter the bank on both sides of the creek–small, delicate, curiously geometric. Like little white and pink mandalas. Small pale butterflies […]

Great Fungi

By Abi Roberts   Where would the great fungi civilization be, If with eyes, they saw as we? Comparing each and every stalk, As if the differences were surely flaws. Would they know why each species is so great, Unique so that it can thrive, In caves down deep and mountains high?   How far […]

Service to Country

This summer we launched a new partnership with the United States Naval Academy, engaging with Midshipmen from across the country in personal and professional development while serving our common good, our public lands. This exciting new union was years in the making, and has the opportunity to grow to serve more students and additional places. […]

The Power of Partnership and the Wilderness Skills Institute

Two of the most empowering weeks on our calendar just came and went; the partnership known as the Wilderness Skills Institute. This annual training has grown into a model of traditional-tool skill building, wilderness stewardship concepts and engaging a new public in caring for our nation’s wild places.   The Institute is also a model […]

Linville Gorge and its Wilderness Significance

Is there a more spectacular destination in Southern Appalachia than the Linville Gorge? Sure, I bet you can think of many others, and it is hard to pick just one – but I bet we can all agree that the Gorge would make most Top 5 lists. Have the stunning and soaring views from the […]