Keeping It Wild – The Mountain Bike Divide

We are stewards of wild places. We value the positive impact that preserving wild places can have on ecosystems, individuals and communities. We stand as agents to serve these special places so that we may give wilderness areas to future generations across the arc of time. We value the places that make up the National […]

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 […]

A Pause In The Conversation

A little over five years ago I met one of the most influential people that the SAWS family would ever know. I didn’t realize it at the time, and my guess is he will try and deny it now – but without Jimmy Gaudry, SAWS would not be where it is today, and we would […]

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 […]

The Crew

 A blog by Anna Tawril, a member of our Southern Crew this summer: I’ve always believed that simply being in wilderness is inspiring, good for the soul. More time spent outside means more opportunities for self-improvement and more character built. However, after a summer with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, it has become clear to me that […]

In the end – Love!

By Bill Hodge, Executive Director The season always begins with excitement for some, trepidation for others, and the giddiness of meeting new people. The convergence of experience and opportunity, pushing personal boundaries and new landscapes pulls the team together that would otherwise never meet. They come from school, from the trail and some from their […]

A Scream From Above!

  Bill Hodge, Executive Director Dinner was cooking in our pot, and we were in heaven. Our camp was in the Olympic Wilderness, near Hole-In-The-Wall Rock along Rialto Beach. The pounding surf, the stunning views and the ‘pick-up truck sized’ driftwood had already made the day magical. Then came the scream from above. For a […]

Hanging Out

As I laid in my hammock, literally on the edge of the Linville Gorge, my attempts to sleep alluding me, I found myself captivated by the low rumble and eventual high-pitch whistle of a train passing, somewhere down ‘off the mountain’. It was odd to me, that here in this Wilderness, being aware of those […]

Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society Receives White House “Champion of Change” Award

Award recognizes training of youth as wilderness stewards in the Southern Appalachians Contact: Michael Reinemer, Communications Manager, 202-429-3949, [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC (March 17, 2014) – At a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Obama will honor Bill Hodge of The Wilderness Society with the Champion of Change Award for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders.  […]

Wilderness Rangers Make A Difference For The Resource

Today marks the end of season for SAWS Wilderness Rangers. The crew of four (Samantha, Eric, Rollie and Alex) all worked this summer and into the fall to serve and protect the unique resource that is designated Wilderness. They labored over steep terrain, endured hot days and rainy days, experienced amazing places and talked to […]