Wilderness: Our Timeless Legacy
Fifty years after the passage of the Wilderness Act, our nation has changed significantly—but our wild places play as vital and powerful a role as ever.
As Americans find less space for reflection in their busy, digitally connected day-to-day lives, getting into wilderness is more important than ever before. We need wild places to help us unplug from the stress of daily life and reconnect with ourselves. America’s spectacular landscapes, from a remote mountain peak to a wild stretch of California coastline, link us to our collective history, to some of our most cherished memories and to critical ecosystems that need protection in the face of a changing climate.
Yet these places only exist for us today because generations of Americans like you stepped forward to advocate on their behalf—and here at The Wilderness Society, that’s the legacy we are proud to carry forward every day. This year, as we marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we had a landmark year for conservation and public lands, protecting nearly two million acres of public land, including stunning landscapes in places like Colorado, California, Montana, New Mexico, Washington, Michigan, Nevada and many other states.
With these important victories, we’re not just passing on wild places to future generations—we’re building a wilderness movement that can carry our mission well beyond tomorrow, working on the ground to bring diverse stakeholders and communities together around the places we all love. Those diverse communities were behind some of our most important victories this year, including spectacular new monuments in southern New Mexico and in the San Gabriel Mountains outside of Los Angeles.
Thank you for your outstanding commitment to The Wilderness Society and conservation. We’ve achieved incredible victories together—and your support makes it all possible. Let’s continue carrying this legacy forward for generations to come.
Jamie Williams | President
Doug Walker | Chair, Governing Council