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.
- Friday, June 24, 2016
The Wilderness Society commends the Obama Administration for making history today with the establishment of the Stonewall National Monument in New York City. The legacy of Stonewall Inn and nearby Christopher Park is a part of the push for human and civil rights in the United States.
- Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Wilderness Society released the following statement from Lydia Weiss, Government Relations Director for Lands, regarding the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s consideration of the Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act of 2016, a discussion draft bill meant to address forest management, wildfire and fire funding.
- Thursday, June 23, 2016
The severity of this problem is magnified by drastic underfunding; forcing the U.S. Forest Service to drain funds from essential programs such as fuel reduction, recreation and stewardship towards emergency fire suppression.
2015 was a record breaking fire season, burning more than 10 million acres across the nation and costing taxpayers more than $2 billion.