The Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers were formed in 1991 by a group of citizens with a love of the
wilderness in response to a crisis situation in the management of our region's wilderness areas.
Recreation visits to Forest Service lands have jumped from 4.6 million in 1924 to 900 million in 1999,
while federal budgets for land management are being reduced. Americans are "loving their parks to death".
Wilderness is an irreplaceable American resource, a fragile environment most vulnerable to the
increasing number of visitors. Nearly 1/4 of the Stanislaus National Forest is Designated Wilderness.
The Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness Areas represent a magnificent segment of the
Sierra Nevada...John Muir's Range of Light. Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers educate the public to
prevent damage to the wilderness, and engage in projects to restore areas impacted by overuse.
In 2003 SWV established itself as a non-profit corporation with 32 members. Through recruiting, in
2005 the SWV increased membership to 61 volunteers. The efforts of these volunteers won "The Chief's
Volunteer Program National Award". Dale Bosworth, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service cited SWV "for
devoting thousands of hours to the restoration and protection of Wilderness on the Stanislaus National
Forest through education, example, maintenance and restoration." SWV is the 2011 recipient of the U.S.
Forest Service's prestigious Aldo Leopold Award for Overall Wilderness Stewardship Program.
The work accomplished each year by Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers includes maintenance of trails,
trail signage repair, campsite cleanup, trash removal, habitat restoration, invasive weed removal,
various monitoring projects and Leave No Trace (LNT) education for wilderness users.
Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics are best practices used to prevent ecological damage to wilderness
areas (www.lnt.org, for more information). Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers are trained in these
practices, and in how to train others.
Please view our gallery of photos for examples of wilderness beauty and our work to protect it.
JOIN OUR TEAM
Become a member of SWV and join our dedicated team of volunteers. Our membership application is
available on this website.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please contact Stanislaus Wilderness Volunteers
A California Non-profit Corporation, Registration #CT0171922
Summit Ranger District - Stanislaus National Forest - 1 Pinecrest Lake
Road - Pinecrest, CA 95364