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Board Members at the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
Board Members at the National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

The Society is a community of practice consisting of members who want to contribute to the preservation of wilderness. Effective wilderness stewardship requires professionalism and the Society is the only organization working exclusively to advance the professional practice of wilderness stewardship. If you care about wilderness stewardship, it is important that you help build and support an organization that will work to ensure that wilderness professionals have the knowledge, skills, and support they need. The Society is striving to build a large membership base in order to have a credible voice and be effective advocates for wilderness stewardship, as well as the funds and donated time that come from membership. Together, we are creating and growing a Society devoted to, finally, professionalizing wilderness stewardship!

Please take some time as you visit our site to meet our esteemed board members, to gain insight through the articles, our working committees and information found on the site, to share your comments on our blogs and to explore our working committees. We believe you will find a home in our community and ask you to join us and the Society in professionalizing wilderness stewardship.

The Society for Wilderness Stewardship is a registered not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue code, and all membership dues and contributions are fully tax-deductible.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to promote excellence in the professional practice of wilderness stewardship, science, and education to ensure the life-sustaining benefits of wilderness.

Our Vision:

Our vision is that stewards of the National Wilderness Preservation System have the professional abilities and resources to ensure that the values and benefits of wilderness are understood, treasured, and preserved by all people.

The Goals of the Society:

The goals of the Society's community of practice are to:

  • Professionalize the discipline of wilderness management and stewardship through career development and networking.
  • Improve the practice of wilderness stewardship by fostering development, delivery, and application of state-of-the-art science and best management practices. 
  • Build the capacity of agencies, organizations, and volunteers to support the National Wilderness Preservation System through collaboration and partnerships.
  • Increase the resources needed to ensure an enduring resource of wilderness for present and future generations.
  • Advance public awareness and support of the life-sustaining benefits of wilderness.
  • Engage the next generation of wilderness stewards by supporting the expansion of educational, experiential, and professional development opportunities. 
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The Society for Wilderness Stewardship is a non-profit, charitable organization under the 501 (c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code.