A pair of gloved hands pull on a crosscut saw which is cutting through a large pine tree with debris flying from the cut site.   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. Founded in 2010, SAWS partners with federal agencies, including the Forest Service, to supplement existing stewardship efforts and provide additional support for training, skill-building and community engagement. SAWS works to support safe, equitable access to public lands, preserve natural resources, and develop the next generation of conservation stewards.

Take an in-depth look at our team, what drives us, and the work we’ve accomplished over the years.

Our Team

Learn about the individuals that make up our staff and board of directors 

What We Do

Working to expand learning and appreciation for wild public lands and public lands stewardship

Mission & Values

Learn about our organizational culture and what we are striving to achieve


Learn about our financial performance and where we are headed in the future