News & Events

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Naval Academy Midshipmen join SAWS staff for training weekend

SAWS hosted eleven US Naval Academy Midshipmen at Cave Mountain Lake Campground in Natural Bridge Station, VA for a weekend of orientation and fellowship. The Midshipmen learned about SAWS, public lands, designated Wilderness, Leave No Trace, and were oriented to stewardship work and life on a SAWS crew to prepare them for the upcoming season. […]

SAWS expands work in Virginia

SAWS opened a new regional office in Roanoke, VA this week. The Roanoke based staff will focus on the partnership role SAWS plays for the stewardship of federally designated Wilderness areas and other undeveloped landscapes on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia. The new office location allows SAWS to better integrate into, […]

SAWS December Fundraising Campaign

We are kicking off a fundraising campaign for one of our 2017 Field Crews. Please consider donating through our gofundme campaign or through our donations page. Your charitable donation is being matched by the National Forest Foundation. These Crews work over the course of 12 weeks in the wilderness areas of the south, improving trail […]

Advanced Trail Construction Courses Offered

The Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest in conjunction with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is offering two Advanced Trail Construction Courses to build skills within agency and partner staff and within the volunteer community.The Advanced Trail Construction Skills Training is being offered this fall (September 28th through October 16th). This training is provided […]

Under Construction

By Bill Hodge, (soon to be) Executive Director The sounds of hammers and drills have filled the air here at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) Basecamp for the past few weeks. Walls are going up to create gear rooms and workshops to create an efficient workspace for the future of the SAWS team. The […]

NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild

Read all about it!  Correspondent Delene Beeland interviewed The Wilderness Society’s SAWS Program Director, Bill Hodge for an article titled NC’s Natural Treasures: 50 Years of Staying Wild, which appeared in the Raleigh News & Observer today.