We have led the effort to protect permanently nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. From the revolutionary 1964 Wilderness Act to the landmark 2009 bill that protected more than two million acres of wilderness across the country, The Wilderness Society has helped preserve public wild lands, including:
- Rich hardwood forests in the East
- Stunning deserts in the Southwest
- Snowcapped peaks in the Rockies
- Old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest
- Tundra in Alaska
The Wilderness Society remains true to our founders’ principles and dedicated to the concept that careful, credible science, bold advocacy and unswerving vision are essential underpinnings of wilderness conservation policy.
Since its founding in 1935, The Wilderness Society has helped to form the cornerstone of the movement to save America’s vanishing wilderness.
The Wilderness Society was instrumental in passing the Wilderness Act of 1964. The act defines wilderness and provides for its legislative protection in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
The words of our founders and other conservation pioneers, as well as modern day activists and wilderness lovers, capture the ongoing struggle to protect our public wild lands.
Learn about The Ansel Adams Award and The Robert Marshall Award and see past recepients.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
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- Thursday, December 1, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management has released its final version of its Planning 2.0 regulation, which has helped shape progress the BLM has made in its land use planning. The Wilderness Society applauds this effort and has already seen examples of smart planning in effect.
- Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed H.R. 4665, Outdoor Recreation’s Economic Contributions (REC) Act, which President Obama is expected to sign into law.
This bill would ensure that the outdoor recreation economy is measured by the federal government and accounted for as part of the national gross domestic product (GDP). The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this month.
- Friday, November 18, 2016
Today the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released its final 2017-2022 offshore oil and gas leasing program, which includes no plans for lease sales in the Arctic Ocean. In response, Lois Epstein, an Alaska-licensed engineer and Arctic program director for The Wilderness Society, issues the following statement: