SAWS ANNOUNCES MERYL HARRELL AS INTERIM DIRECTOR; POSTS DETAILS OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SEARCH

ASHEVILLE, NC (April 18, 2019): The Board of Directors of Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) announced today that Meryl Harrell will step in to lead the organization as Interim Director during its search for a permanent Executive Director. Most recently, Harrell served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. “I can’t think of a […]

SAWS ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BILL HODGE AT END OF APRIL

ASHEVILLE, NC (March 29, 2019): The Board of Directors of Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) announced today that Bill Hodge, its longtime Executive Director, will leave the organization next month. “For years, Bill has inspired the people of the Southern Appalachians with his creativity, his credibility, and his compassion. His hard work connecting with forest […]

Lessons from the Wilderness

By Gianna Ossello, Crew Member   I spent 27 of 40 days in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness in Western North Carolina. Although my brain is wired like a biologist, sometimes I just can’t resist the urge to anthropomorphize. Here are some of the lessons I learned during those 27 days:

Cool Insects of Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness

By Carlie Gentry   When working outdoors, insects sometimes find themselves to be a large factor in your day. Often this occurs as mosquitoes, black flies or no-see-ums that refuse to leave you alone while in the field. Other times you may come across an angry hive of bees or hornets that disrupt your workflow […]

A Day in the Life of…

The Dirty Half Dozen Trail Crew 2018 By Kevin Simpson, Crew Leader The crew packs into the Ford F-150. This wonderful vehicle transports the Dirty Half Dozen to and from their worksites in the Wilderness.   Once the crew arrives at the trailhead, we pack a ridiculous amount of gear into the backcountry; hiking anywhere […]

Step By Step – By Scotty Bowman

The first time I lugged a gear and tool laden pack onto my back, I felt like I would collapse from the weight of it. Little did I realize that that was not the only weight I was carrying with me that day. The weight of that pack compared in no way to the burden […]

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 […]

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 […]

On Art, Wilderness, and the act of simply being

By Simon Farr It’s almost been four months since my season with the SAWS Regional Trail Crew came to an end. The gear is clean, the clothes retain only the faintest of odor, and the boots are repaired. Throwback posts are on social media, the Fall Crew season has also ended, and the school year […]

Nature and Grief: The Reconciliation

Written by Emma Bouchard   My brother passed on the cusp of fall. A time when trees become open and vulnerable, as the forest quietly surrenders itself to the universe. This is what grieving is like. Suddenly there you are, deeply rooted and bare branched, in a never-ending winter. For a while, you live in gray-scale […]