Workshop Information

Save the date!  The 2018 National Wilderness Workshop will be held in the October 9-13, 2018, in Gunnison, Colorado.  See a Partner Save the Date with presentations that will be of interest to Partner Organizations here, and a Agency Save the Date that will be of interest to Land Management Agencies here.  For this year's workshop, we're teaming up with the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, Western Colorado State University's Masters of Environmental Management Program, University of Montana's Wilderness Institute, Arthur Carhart National Training Center, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research InstituteUnited States Forest Service, National Park Service, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management.

The National Wilderness Workshop brings together land management agencies and partner organizations to address and work on national wilderness stewardship issues.  The theme for this year's workshop, "Connect to Wilderness Heritage" comes from the 2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship prioritiess for America's National Wilderness Preservation System, established during the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  The 2020 Vision reads: 

"INSPIRE and nurture life-long connections between people of diverse cultures and wilderness.  Build respectful, long-term partnerships among wilderness managers, educators, Tribal leaders, cultural resource managers, and citizens from diverse tradtions, to develop and implement programs ad products that enhance connections to wilderness."

We believe the comprehensive integration of all cultures into wilderness is of utmost importance to the sustainability and viability of wilderness areas now and into the future.  We're excited to delve into this more fully at the National Wilderness Workshop this fall.  We have three goals in how we do this:

1.  Diversity reflected within the workshop planning committee, presenters, and audience.

2.  Identification of topics relevant to multiple cultures, and expression of wilderness and wildness values from the same cultures.

3.  All cultures originated in the wild.  For this year's workshop, field trips will focus on not just experiencing the wilderness, but experiencing traditional rituals and events based in the wild.   

WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Please contact Heather MacSlarrow if you have ideas on how to achieve any of the above or would like to be involved.

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