About the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

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The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) are dedicated to taking care of wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians region.

Sponsored by The Wilderness Society, SAWS volunteers help maintain trails in designated wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas, keeping them open and accessible to visitors.

SAWS work keeps trails open to hikers and backpackers from across the country.

SAWS volunteers are engaged in a variety of activities in the wild lands of the Southern Appalachians. These include:

  • Trail building, maintenance and repair
  • Training and certification for Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace programs
  • Leadership training for ‘Boots on the Ground’ crews and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Wilderness ranger programs
  • Citizen scientist programs

SAWS works directly with the US Forest Service to identify and maintain wilderness areas. This work keeps trails open to hikers and backpackers from across the country.

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