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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- 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.