Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

The great hiking trails in the wild areas of the Southern Appalachians need dedicated volunteers to clear brush, repair storm damage and keep them open to visitors.

The Wilderness Society is proud to sponsor SAWS: Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. This group is dedicated to keeping trails open in designated wilderness areas across the Southeast.

About the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards are dedicated to providing stewardship to wilderness areas in the Southern Appalachians region and are engaged in a variety of activities.

Where we work

SAWS works to maintain trails in designated wilderness areas and Wilderness Study Areas. Find out more about these places in the Southeast United States.

Wilderness Rangers

If you are out in a wilderness area in the Southern Appalachians, you might run into one of the Wilderness Rangers. The Wilderness Rangers roam the wild lands, making sure trails are maintained and that the wilderness stays wild.

Get Involved

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards. If you are interested in lending a hand while you hike, find out more.
 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Next week, Americans across the country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most effective conservation laws, the Wilderness Act.  Signed by President Johnson on September 3, 1964, the Act was a historic achievement for federal public lands protection, marking the beginning of an era in which the American people are empowered by Congress to propose protection of special wild places, watersheds, wildlife habitat, and outstanding recreational opportunities like hunting, fishing, camping and hi

  • Michael Reinemer
    The Wilderness Society today praised Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) for introducing important legislation that would conserve more than 58,000 acres of public lands in Colorado’s Eagle and Summit Counties including approximately 40,000 acres of wilderness and more than 18,000 acres as special management areas.  
     
  • Michael Reinemer
    To mark the 50th year since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964, the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment and The Wilderness Society will host a conference on September 4 and 5 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder. “Celebrating the Great Law: The Wilderness Act at 50” will feature prominent authors, professors, historians, activists and Colorado’s poet laureate.