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 […]

SAWS Street Style

by SAWS Fashion Correspondent Natalie M. Summer is coming to an end, and we here at SAWS know what that means – time to hit the trails in style with the latest fall forest fashion. There’s nothing more exciting than getting to impress the same five people with your outfits every day. We know how […]

Ode to the Sunchasers

Photo: Mason Boring Written by Matt McWilliams A season ends and a new one begins. A season full of change as week by week one flower blooms as another fades. A bud blossoms into a leaf and the forest floor turns to shade. The summer ends and the fall begins. For a short time, this […]

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 […]