Wilderness stewardship is a field that is ever changing. New and increased recreational uses, ecosystem trends such as climate change, species invasion and extinction, air and water flow, and the application of new scientific data require management be highly adaptive. Our Community of Practice is made up of people who are informed of new and emerging wilderness stewardship issues, have developed professional opinions, and designed research projects to address them. We publish and share these projects in our ‘Scientific Perspectives’ program. Please note that papers and blogs do not reflect a singular opinion within The Society for Wilderness Stewardship or agency policy. Rather, they are put forward to catalyze discussion and initiate improved management strategies in regard to highly important and evolving wilderness stewardship issues.

We accept paper submittals and blog requests on a rolling basis. Inquiries may be sent to our Executive Director, Heather MacSlarrow, and should identify the stewardship issue being addressed as well as the scientific process followed. Papers should be scientific in nature, evidence-based, and reviewed by at least three peers. Blogs should be academic and experiential in nature, designed to inform on an opinion.  All submitted materials will undergo review and approval processes by The Society for Wilderness Stewardship Board of Directors.

Following is a list of papers, articles and blogs published here, by most recent.  You click the link below to be taken to the article, or find it in the menu under 'Scientific Perspectives.'  

Through the Lens: A Snapshot of the Wild Northwoods Smith, Jacob 5/6/20
A Multiview of Wilderness Zehr, Jessica 11/6/19
A Tour Through Missouri Wilderness Espinosa, Hannah 10/30/19
Stories From a Small Town Ebinger, Katie 10/16/19
Missouri Wilderness: A Hidden Gem Thomas, Alyssa 10/9/19
Following in the Footsteps of Bob Marshall - Using the Past to Manage the Future Campbell, Noah 10/3/19
Prince Williams Sound: An Alaskan Gem Ray, Ellen 9/23/19
Generation Green: Wilderness Stewardship in Desolation Woody, Carl 9/12/19
About a Glacier Buoncore, Courtney 9/6/19
Climbing a Mountain: A Blog Post on Wilderness Character Monitoring Sulser, Ellen 8/27/19
A Retrospective of the Olympic Wilderness and Wilderness Management, Part II Ackerman, Andrew 5/26/17
A Retrospective of the Olympic Wilderness and Wilderness Management, Part I Ackerman, Andrew 4/29/17
Mountains Without Handrails: Wilderness Without Bikes Zellmer, Sandi 4/25/17
At the Intersection of Wilderness, Fire and Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities in Wildernss Stewardship Taylor, Nancy & Commarto, Sam 5/2/17
Human Influence and Intervention Cole, David 11/1/16
Moose, Newts, Apple Trees and History Anderson, Kelsey 10/13/16
Breathe, Water.  Breathe, Switchback.  Breathe, Peak. Jacobs, Dave 8/26/16
Value of the Land Lyons, Kat 8/22/16
Wilderness in Fossil Ridge Warnick, Mitch 8/8/16
A Journey into the Gros Ventre Zamesnik, Leah 8/1/16
Wilderness Character: A Concept Jacobs, Dave 7/25/16
Climate Change and Wilderness Areas Wooten, Nicole 3/28/16
Chair Dave Campbell on Wilderness Fire Science Campbell, David 3/22/16
Tribute to Wilderness Leader Bob Lucas MacSlarrow, Heather 1/26/16
SWS Board Member on the Public Lands Debate Merigliano, Linda 1/29/16
Emerging Technologies in Wilderness Discussion MacSlarrow, Heather 1/26/16
Technology Carlson, Tom 11/30/15
Question: Everything Korn, Lauren 3/29/15
Christina Mills, Yellowstone Outdoor Recreation Planner Balsom, Ashley 3/3/15
Edward Abbey, Wilderness Firebrand Balsom, Ashley 2/26/15
Howard Zahniser: Putting Ideas to Work Balsom, Ashley 2/26/15
Solitude and Visitor Use McCool, Steve Awaiting Draft


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