5 people walk along a wide trail carrying large backpacking packs and tools including crosscut saws. Green leaves and tree trunks sit on either side of the trail.  SAWS

About SAWS

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) is a conservation non-profit dedicated to providing stewardship to protected public lands in the Southern Appalachian region, including in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and Kentucky. Learn More.

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


Welcome to Our New Site!

Launched in 2020 in honor of our 10 year anniversary, the new SAWS website adds content, inspiration, and resources. You can now find more details about what we do, where we work, and our team's mission and values.  

We're particularly excited about new features such as our 10 Year Storymap, our Bootprint, and our Library: check out our What is Wilderness, Arts and Wellness, JEDI Resources, and other cool pages.

 We'll be adding more content and features this winter, including an upcoming page with resources for COVID-19 field work, so be sure to check back in over time!

A green forest from an overhead view.   SAWS

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