News & Events

Naval Academy Midshipmen join SAWS staff for training weekend

SAWS hosted eleven US Naval Academy Midshipmen at Cave Mountain Lake Campground in Natural Bridge Station, VA for a weekend of orientation and fellowship. The Midshipmen learned about SAWS, public lands, designated Wilderness, Leave No Trace, and were oriented to stewardship work and life on a SAWS crew to prepare them for the upcoming season. […]

SAWS expands work in Virginia

SAWS opened a new regional office in Roanoke, VA this week. The Roanoke based staff will focus on the partnership role SAWS plays for the stewardship of federally designated Wilderness areas and other undeveloped landscapes on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia. The new office location allows SAWS to better integrate into, […]

SAWS December Fundraising Campaign

We are kicking off a fundraising campaign for one of our 2017 Field Crews. Please consider donating through our gofundme campaign or through our donations page. Your charitable donation is being matched by the National Forest Foundation. These Crews work over the course of 12 weeks in the wilderness areas of the south, improving trail […]

Advanced Trail Construction Courses Offered

The Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest in conjunction with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is offering two Advanced Trail Construction Courses to build skills within agency and partner staff and within the volunteer community.The Advanced Trail Construction Skills Training is being offered this fall (September 28th through October 16th). This training is provided […]

Under Construction

By Bill Hodge, (soon to be) Executive Director The sounds of hammers and drills have filled the air here at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) Basecamp for the past few weeks. Walls are going up to create gear rooms and workshops to create an efficient workspace for the future of the SAWS team. The […]

NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild

Read all about it!  Correspondent Delene Beeland interviewed The Wilderness Society’s SAWS Program Director, Bill Hodge for an article titled NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild, which appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer today.

Asheville Citizen-Times: Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness

From The Asheville Citizen-Times, May 2014. (View on the Citizen-Times website) It’s still not easy to get to Cold Mountain. Much as it was for fictional hero Inman in the Civil War days in the novel “Cold Mountain,” reaching the iconic mountain still requires a strong backpack and sturdy boots, many miles of arduous hiking, […]

All Are Invited: Celebrating the Champions of Wilderness

Come spend an evening celebrating the champions of Wilderness with The Wilderness Society and friends! Honor leaders past and present who have worked to preserve America’s wild lands. Mingle with representatives from organizations working for Wilderness. We’ll be in the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern (20 South Spruce Street, Asheville NC) from 4 – 8pm on May […]

SAWS and CMC Featured in Smoky Mountain News

The Wilderness Society’s SAWS program and the Wilderness Crew of the Carolina Mountain Club were featured in an article in the Smoky Mountain News this week.  Click here to read all about it!

Tennessee’s wilderness takes critical step toward protection

April 8, 2014. Senate Committee passage of the Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 1294) was applauded today by a diverse coalition of hunters, anglers, business owners, faith leaders, outdoor recreationists, and conservationists.