National Forest Foundation

Learning Topics

Wilderness Stewardship

Wilderness areas are an integral part of the ecological and cultural health of the country. By promoting better stewardship of our wilderness areas though the work of partner organizations and collaborative efforts, we are hoping to protect and preserve important parts of the natural and human world.

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Selected Peer Learning Sessions

Wilderness Stewardship Challenge Program Q&A (December 14, 2011)
In this peer learning session, NFF Conservation Awards Associate Heather Day provided an overview of the WSC program, talked about common pitfalls, and responded to questions from potential applicants.

After The Wilderness Stewardship Challenge: What's Next? (September 19, 2012)
This final session for 2012 focused on the question of what happens once the 10 Year Challenge has concluded, beginning with a brief presentation by Adam Barnett, Wilderness Manager on the Stanislaus National Forest, and past chair of the Chief's Wilderness Advisory Group.

The Wilderness Stewardship Challenge: Unique Ways Partners Can Contribute (June 6, 2012)
This session explored a variety of unique and creative ways that nonprofit organizations contribute to help raise scores for their local Wilderness areas.

The Wilderness Stewardship Challenge: Recreation Site Inventory and Monitoring (May 16, 2012)
This session focused on the What, Why, and How of Recreation Site Inventory, Element 6, and is targeted at partner organizations involved in Recreation Site Inventory activities or who are interested in assisting with inventory activities in the future.

The Wilderness Stewardship Challenge: Invasive Species Inventory, Treatment, and Monitoring (June 20, 2012)
This session focused on the What, Why, and How of Invasive Species Inventory and Monitoring, Element 2, and was targeted at partner organizations involved in activities dealing with Invasive Species or who are interested in assisting with inventory, monitoring and treatment activities in the future.

Working with Volunteers: Best Practices (November 17, 2011)
Working with volunteers for conservation is a crucial component of what many of our nonprofit, collaborative and agency partners do. In this session, Keagan Zoellner with the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation shared volunteer recruitment and retention strategies; Alex DeLucia with the Appalachian Mountain Club shared his knowledge of the practical and legal aspects of training and working with volunteers; and Jim Shaklee with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers shared an online web portal volunteer scheduling and reporting tool.

Selected Tools & Resources

Agreement for Non-reimbursed Volunteer Services
This agreement example outlines the relationship between volunteers and an organization (the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana).

Volunteer program management - Acknowledgment of Risks
This example, provided by the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana, shows what an "acknowledgement of risks" form for volunteers might look like.

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