Wilderness Guardians

Here at SWS, we call ourselves Wilderness Guardians.  We have members across the country, and each and every one is a part of our Community of Practice.  We are the "Watchers on the Wall" (if you're a Game of Thrones fan), or the "Fellowship of the Ring" (if you're a Lord of the Rings fan), or "Dumbledore's Army" (If you're a Harry Potter fan) or the people that make sure wilderness stays protected (if you don't go in for any of that other stuff). 

When Wilderness areas are created by congress, they are protected by law.  That doesn't mean they are protected day to day.  What if they start to lose biodiversity because of encroaching light pollution from nearby cities?  What if they are overrun by all of us recreating and their opportunities for solitude, and primitive and unconfined recreation are diminished?  What if shrinking budgets mean that no one is there to take care of them, from picking up human waste to keeping trails open? 

That's where we come in.  We identify emerging issues in wilderness and broach them as a community at our National Wilderness Workshop; we train wilderness professionals at our Wilderness Ranger Academies; we research and analyze the state of health in wilderness areas through our Wilderness Fellows Program; and we engage gateway communities in maintaining healthy wilderness areas through our Wild Town designation.  Join us and become the next Wilderness Guardian.

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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.