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 […]

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 […]