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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...

Wilderness Skills Institute

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Southern Appalachian Wilderness Skills Institute (WSI)

Save the date! This year’s WSI will be May 20-24 and May 28-31. Learn more about WSI, free course offerings, and apply on our partnership website here. We look forward to spending the best two weeks of the year with you! 

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