Current Campaigns

Renewable energy is our path towards a clean energy future, and the public lands of the American West offer limitless sun and wind to help reach that goal.

But just like any form of energy development, renewable energy sites and transmission lines can damage wildlands and hurt the wildlife that live on them.

Our renewable energy campaigns are helping limit the negative impacts of energy and transmission development on wilderness.

Smart solar

The sunny lands of the southwest are the perfect place for capturing the energy of the sun. But solar energy development could hurt the beautiful cactus-studded deserts that southwest endangered wildlife depends on. Our work guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones on BLM lands. We are helping protect our natural heritage and build a clean energy future.

Saving energy saves lands

The cheapest, greenest power plant is the one you don’t have to build. By supporting innovative ways to reduce energy demand we are shrinking our energy footprint and the amount of development needed on public lands.

Paying back the land

Public lands are owned by all Americans, so how can we ensure a fair return for development on these lands?  We are working to ensure revenue collected from wind and solar projects pays back local communities and the wildlife that call our public lands home.

Transmitting energy

To get renewable energy to cities we’ll need new responsibly-sited transmission lines. The challenge is building only what is needed and siting transmission lines in low-conflict areas so that good projects are approved quickly.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society praises Congress for passing the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act (H.R. 356 / S. 27). The legislation provides for the exchange of roughly 20,000 acres of Utah’s mineral rights from ecologically and culturally sensitive lands in the Desolation Canyon region of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation for federal mineral rights in another part of the reservation.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The draft House Interior and Environment Appropriations bill released today is a clear improvement from previous years, though it still misses the mark on several key conservation, climate and public lands needs and is laden with numerous policy provisions or “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process.

  • Michael Reinemer

    On Wednesday, The Wilderness Society presented lifetime conservation achievement awards to Representatives George Miller, Jim Moran and Rush Holt, who collectively represent 80 years of support for conservation of some of America’s most stunning landscapes and protection of the country’s clean air and water.  All three members of Congress have announced their plans to retire at the end of the current session.

    Rep. George Miller (California – 11th District)