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About SAWS

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is a premier organization setting standards of excellence that inspire, connect, and equip people to steward wild landscapes. SAWS stewards wild public lands in the Southern Appalachian region including Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Learn More.

Founded in 2010, SAWS has a rich history across the Southern Appalachians and we captured our story in a Story Map...

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Help us equip our communities and the next generation of conservation leaders to better steward wild landscapes and improve community health and wellbeing. Give back this Earth Day and help us raise $10,000 to support stewardship training!


Become a NEW reoccurring donor before May 31st to enter to win a free bear canister, t-shirt, and sticker! For as little as $10 a month ($0.32/day), you can make a meaningful impact. Let's do this!

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