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 […]

Dispatches from the Field: Knobby Knees and Big Trees

By Katie Kull The first time I experienced Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness, I was 6 years old. Like many local families, we had loaded into our Jeep that day to hike the Memorial Loop in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, and, more specifically, to see the Big Trees. I was an eager child, with knobby […]

Dispatches from the Field: Jumping In

By Jennifer Millsaps Anxious. Socially awkward. That’s me in a nutshell. I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into when I applied for a crew member position with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. As a forestry major, I was primarily focused on gaining some field experience to spruce up my resume for future internship […]

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 […]

SAWS is a 21CSC Member Organization

The SAWS program was officially accepted as a member organization of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) last week.  The 21CSC is an initiative which works “through public-private and non-profit partnerships to engage citizens in hands-on service and job training experiences on public lands, waterways, cultural heritage sites, and community green spaces.”  The SAWS […]