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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
We're also working on a number of other campaigns in California, including:
- Berryessa Snow Mountan
- Bodie Hills
- Northern San Diego County
You can help ensure that California wildlands remain protected for generations to come.
Learn more about issues affecting the places we work to protect with our Notes from the Field.
Add your voice to important wilderness causes and take action to stop threats to our wildlands by joining our community of wilderness activists.
Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, issued this statement:
“We are saddened by the passing of Bill Turnage earlier this week. Bill served as executive director of The Wilderness Society from 1978 to 1986, a transformative period in our organization’s history.
- Friday, October 13, 2017
The Wilderness Society commends Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-CA 24) for their courage and foresight in seeking protections for wildlands stretching across California’s rugged and scenic Central Coast. At a time when America’s shared public lands are under attack, these leaders are taking action to preserve critical natural resources, native plant and wildlife habitat, and access to nature for generations to come.
- Friday, October 13, 2017
According to a story published in The Washington Post today, the Trump administration has been secretly planning a land swap between the federal government and King Cove Corporation that would allow construction of a controversial road through a designated wilderness area in Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.