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 […]

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 […]

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:

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 […]