Coalition Offers Extensive Training in Wilderness Stewardship

Date Published: Feb 28, 2012

Brevard, NC (February 28, 2012) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Wilderness Society (TWS), the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS), the USDA Forest Service and the National Park Service have established the “Wilderness Skills Institute”, a two-week training course to be held on May 21 to June 1, 2012 at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard, NC. The Institute is designed to provide information about the history of designated Wilderness, the skills necessary to work effectively in wilderness and the certifications required to implement those skills.

From theory to implementation, the Wilderness Skills Institute can be a resource for every level of Wilderness worker.

From May 21 - 25, participants will learn Wilderness First Aid, CPR and have the opportunity to receive their Cross-Cut saw certification. Attendees will also discuss Wilderness theory and legislation with some of the region’s most experienced stewards.

From May 29 – June 1, training will be offered for people new to trail work so that they can gain an understanding of the basics in the field. Skilled trail workers will also be able to tackle technical construction problems with experienced trail crew leaders.

Registration is $50 per person and is free to members of the ATC and TWS, and includes camping near the Cradle of Forestry.

Training Course:  Wilderness Skills Institute 2012
Dates: May 21 to June 1, 2012 
Location:  Cradle of Forestry in Brevard, North Carolina 
Tuition: Registration is $50 per person and is free to members of the ATC and the Wilderness Society, and includes camping near the Cradle of Forestry.

For more information about this training course, contact Andy Downs at the ATC: [email protected] or Bill Hodge at the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards: [email protected].

To register or for more information visit at

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

Contact: Andrew Downs
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: (828) 254-3708
Fax: (828) 254-3708
Email: [email protected]

About the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards is a project of The Wilderness Society dedicated to providing stewardship to areas designated and managed as Wilderness on our glorious public lands. For more information visit

Contact: Bill Hodge
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards
Tel: (865) 617-4804
Fax: (828) 254-3708
Email: [email protected]

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