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 […]

A Wilderness Win

By Carter Collins   Wilderness Win’ – an action or inaction that improves or attributes to the preservation of wilderness character. For example, take an iconic mountainous wilderness in which a storm has washed out a section of tread and blown down 100+ trees. A sense of urgency to provide access leads some to think […]

Fall 2020 Updates

Dear Friends of SAWS, 2020 has been quite a year. The SAWS team is safe and doing well, and we hope you are too. We wanted to share with you some of our activities over the past few months, as we have worked to respond to the pandemic and adjust our planned field operations, support […]

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards: Statement on Racial Inequity:

  Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) stands in solidarity with those standing up against the injustice of the status quo, and we commit to doing the ongoing, persistent work necessary to create fundamental change. As an organization dedicated to stewarding wild public lands and making them accessible for everyone, we believe the outdoors should be […]

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 […]

A love letter to Slickrock Creek

Written by Matt, Crew Leader 2019   When I first met you not too long ago, I journeyed from the top of that old ridge Haoe.   You cut me deep with your thorny brush and threw me down the steep ravines of old Haoe.   I had had enough, bruised and beaten I made […]

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 […]