California

From stunning Sierra forests to vast desert vistas, California has spectacular wildlands, many within a short drive from major urban centers.

We are working to preserve and protect California’s spectacular wilderness, to restore critical wildlife habitat and to address the impacts of climate change.

Areas of focus:

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.

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.

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.

Central Coast

An outdoor recreation gem, the Central Coast includes natural and cultural attractions amid mountain peaks, wildflower-dappled grasslands and wild chaparral hills. We are working to protect some of the most unique spots.

Other campaigns

We're also working on a number of other campaigns in California, including:

  • Berryessa Snow Mountan
  • Bodie Hills
  • Northern San Diego County

Help protect California

You can help ensure that California wildlands remain protected for generations to come.

Make a donation to help protect California.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.