Mission and Impact

Charles M Russel, Wildlife Refuge, Montana
USFWS, mountain prairie-Flickr
Our mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.

The Wilderness Society has been the leading organization protecting our nation’s shared public lands since 1935. Through our conservation and public engagement efforts, we work to preserve our nation’s rich natural legacy for future generations.

Actress and long-time Wilderness Society member Betty White asks you to join The Wilderness Society in protecting wildlands for future generations.
 

Over the years, The Wilderness Society has turned back industrial and ideological attacks on our most iconic wild places. We have gone toe-to-toe with high-priced lobbyists on the Arctic Refuge, on mining the Grand Canyon and other massive land grabs — and we have won.

Since 1935, we have been at the forefront of almost every major public lands battle and landmark victories. We helped pass the Wilderness Act in 1964, establishing a system for protecting public lands as wilderness.

Through our conservation and public engagement efforts, we aim to preserve our nation’s rich natural legacy for future generations.

Today, we work in partnership with local communities, businesses and volunteers in public land conservation and efforts to designate and mitigate threats to wilderness. Our work focuses on three core goals:

  • Completing a system of protected wildlands in the United States
  • Driving energy development away from sensitive wildlands and toward compatible places
  • Engaging an increasingly urban nation with the wildlands they own and inspiring them to care for wild places

Learn how you can help protect wilderness.