SAWS Wins National Awards

  SAWS Wins National Awards for Wilderness Stewardship SAWS Friends and Family, We are thrilled to kick off our celebration of 10 years of SAWS with the news that SAWS has received two national awards for wilderness stewardship! We were honored to receive the Bob Marshall Award for Group Champion of Wilderness Stewardship from the Forest Service, which is […]

SAWS Recognizes and Honors Indigenous Peoples’ Day October 12, 2020

SAWS recognizes and honors October 12, 2020 as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and celebrates the culture and heritage of Tribal Nations and communities. In this next year, we commit to learning, acknowledging, and sharing a more truthful history of the lands we live and work on, including federal public lands and wilderness areas, recognizing the intergenerational […]

SAWS Board of Directors seeks new board members

  Do you have a passion for the outdoors? Are you interested in ensuring equal access for all to our nation’s public lands? Do you want to be a part of an organization that creates jobs and bolsters communities? Well, the SAWS Board of Directors is currently seeking candidates who may be interested in serving […]

Quarantine Thoughts

Quarantine Thoughts By Rachel Crump   The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, to say the least.  The news drones on bleakly, scheduled work days in the field have been cancelled, and the uncertainty of what’s to come next is disheartening and even a bit scary.  To top all of that off, I’m living […]

Dispatch from the saw shack

  Saw Filing January 2020 By Paul Dickens – C Sawyer Crosscut, Traditional Tool Trainer and Volunteer with SAWS It is winter.  Field work is slow, awaiting spring. But work to maintain traditional tools used in Wilderness continues. Saw filing is a journey. A saw filer must refine their technique based on feedback from sawyers […]

Wildland Picture

Piece by: Rachel Crump, SAWS Wilderness Specialist on the Monongahela, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests This piece is inspired by my time spent in Wilderness areas.  Often times, a sunset view is the reason for a long hike or it’s the reward after a long day of working on the trail.  Pictures for this […]

SAWS 2019 Accomplishments

  Dear Friends of SAWS,   As we enter the holiday season, the SAWS team would like to thank you for your commitment to public lands stewardship and your support of our work. 2019 has been a great 9th year for SAWS, and we’d like to reflect with you on our biggest accomplishments of 2019 […]

Spruce, Sphagnum, and a Roaring Fork: Tom and Skip go to Beartown

From Hutchinson’s rock at 4,480 feet, the view of Burke’s Garden below is stunning, a round bowl of fertile farmland encircled by thickly forested mountain ridges. It’s the highest elevation valley floor in the state of Virginia, and resembles a thumbprint made from above, or the blast crater from an ancient asteroid. In reality, the […]

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. […]