California Focus Areas

California has some of the nation's most diverse wildlands, from the majestic Sierra Nevada to the otherwordly Mojave Desert.

California’s 44 million acres of public land are the most geographically diverse state in the nation — home to the highest and lowest points in the continental United States, the most climate zones and species.

At The Wilderness Society, we're working to protect California's wildlands and the state's natural heritage.

Sierra Nevada

The Sierra Nevada forms California’s mountainous backbone. Many of Its renowned wildlands – near  Yosemite and Sequoia parks – still need protection, restoration and wise management.

San Gabriel Mountains

The San Gabriel Mountains — less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles — are Southern California’s recreation backyard. Our work aims to create a national recreation area in these well visited mountains.

California Desert

With spectacular pastel vistas, spring wildflowers and popular destinations like Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks, the California Desert is an amazing place to discover. Much of the desert is still in need of protection. 

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.