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May 2019

Wilderness Skills Institute

May 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Cradle of Forestry, 11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States

The 9th annual Wilderness Skills Institute will kick off this spring at the Cradle of Forestry in America. If you're in need of some skills training for wilderness stewardship, take a look at the course offerings on the event website and submit an application. The application process closes on March 8th.

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June 2019

National Trails Day: Cherokee National Forest

June 1, 2019
Indian Boundary

Help us celebrate National Trails Day on June 1st in your big backyard on the Cherokee National Forest! We are partnering with our friends at Starr Mountain Outfitters to get out and work with you on our trails! Come spend a day with us in some of the most beautiful areas in East Tennessee! You will get to be a part of a trail crew working throughout the Tellico Ranger District in various Wilderness areas. After a great day working…

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Naval Academy Crew Volunteer Project 1: Piney Ridge Trail 6/8/19

June 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Join the SAWS Naval Academy Crew and the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of the Backcountry Horsemen of America on Saturday June 8th to help reestablish the Piney Ridge Trail in James River Face Wilderness in Virginia.  Spend the day working with the midshipmen and join us for a barbecue afterward. This project is moderately difficult, interested parties should expect moderately steep terrain and warm weather. Please sign up on the form below to register for the day so that we…

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July 2019

SAWS Naval Academy Volunteer Project 2: Devil’s Marbleyard Graffiti Clean up, July 6th

July 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the midshipmen from the Naval Academy on July 6th in James River Face Wilderness in Glasgow, Virginia as we remove more graffiti from the Devil's Marbleyard. This is a project we started last year and we'd love your help in finishing the work this year. This project is strenuous with some scrambling in the Devil's Marbleyard boulder field required. We will be grilling out afterward, so please join us for the day! Please sign up on the form below…

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August 2019


August 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - August 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
ME United States + Google Map

Join the midshipmen from the Naval Academy on August 3 & 4 in Raccoon Branch Wilderness near Marion, Virginia. We will dismantle and haul-out an old fire grate, picnic table, and privy structure! For this two-day project, we’ll be partnering with the Backcountry Horseman of America and we’d love your help on either day! The project is mildly strenuous, with a couple of miles of hiking and lifting required. Join us for the day(s) and enjoy a refreshing treat afterward!…

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Women’s Work Day

August 3, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come out for a day's work in the woods to improve the Appalachian Trail from Lemon Gap to Kale Gap. This special section of the A.T. includes the historic Walnut Mountain Shelter. If we have enough volunteers, we may extend our zone of work to Bluff Mountain, too! We'll be spending some dedicated efforts to cut annual growth. This work day is the chance for new volunteers as well as those with experience to be part of something bigger -…

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September 2019

National Public Lands Day- Ellicott Rock Wilderness

September 28, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stumphouse Ranger Station, 112 Andrew Pickens Cir
Moutain Rest, SC 29664 United States
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Saturday, September 28th, we will be celebrating National Public Lands Day with another trail work day. Our plans include tread work and small tree clearing in Ellicott Rock Wilderness. We may hike 2-4 miles this day. We will provide safety equipment and tools. In order to participate, everyone will need to have gloves, glasses, hard hat, long pants and sturdy boots. You will need to provide your own lunch and water, and a favorite pair of work gloves, if you…

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National Public Lands Day- Ramseys Draft Wilderness

September 28, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Ramseys Draft Wilderness, West Augusta, Virginia   SAWS and SSVC will be holding a work day in Ramseys Draft Wilderness on National Public Lands Day.   We will meet at Churchville TasteeFreez behind the bank at 8:30 a.m. or at Mountain House Picnic Area (upper parking lot) at 9:00 a.m. We will clip back vegetation and remove blowdowns on Ramseys Draft Trail.  This popular trail has gotten badly overgrown this summer with all the wet weather.  We will start…

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National Public Lands Day- Linville Gorge Wilderness

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come out and help celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards is partnering with Carolina Climbing Coalition, Wildsouth, and the USFS for work on the Shortoff Trail located in the Linville Gorge Wilderness. The day will begin at the Table Rock parking area at 9 am and will finish up at 3 pm. SAWS will provide hardhats, gloves, eye protection, and tools. Participants should wear closed-toe shoes, bring at least 2 liters of…

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National Public Lands Day- Mount Rogers NRA

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Green Cove Visitor Center, 41259 Green Cove Road
Damascus, VA 24236 United States
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We will be tabling at the Green Cove Visitor Center on the Virginia Creeper Trail from 10am to 2pm. Come learn about Wilderness, SAWS and Leave No Trace.

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