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.

Why California

California’s is one of the most geographically diverse states in the nation — home to the highest and lowest points in the continental United States, the most climate zones as well as the most species. While it's also home to the most people, much of California is still wild and we are working to keep it that way. 

Stories from California

More people live in California than in any other state. They are of all colors, beliefs and backgrounds. But their stories agree on one point: wilderness matters.

Experience California

With 25 National Park units, 18 national forests, more than 15 million acres of Bureau of Land Management lands and 270 state parks and beaches, you'll never run out of things to do in California.

California focus areas

At The Wilderness Society, we are working in three key focus areas in the state — the Sierra Nevada, the San Gabriel Mountains and the California Desert.

Other campaigns

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

  • Berryessa Snow Mountan
  • Pinnacles
  • Bodie Hills
  • Southern Los Padres Forest
  • 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.

  • 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.