At Wilderness, we use a blend of policy, partnerships and science to address important issues affecting designated wilderness and other wildlands. Our policy work focuses on the following areas:
Using the Wilderness Act, Congress is able to designate new public lands as wilderness. A mere 5 percent of the U.S. is designated wilderness — roughly 110 million acres. We need to protect millions of acres more.
The president can designate public lands as national monuments using the Antiquities Act. When a wildland receives monument designation, it also gains new protections against development and other threats.
National forests are a vital part of America’s public land system. So much of what makes our country special would vanish without them.
Our public lands face many threats —energy development, off-road vehicle use and other development activities. At Wilderness, we work with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to balance how we use and protect public lands.
Much of the oil and gas produced in the United States comes from public lands. Our work helps to protect these lands from further harmful development of fossil fuels.
Clean energy sources like wind and solar can help us reduce climate change, but can harm wildlife and wildlands if not sited carefully.
When funding exists for important conservation projects, there’s a better chance that wilderness is protected, studied and managed well.
Millions of Americans enjoy recreation on our public lands each year. It’s important to balance opening wildlands to recreation opportunities while also protecting them from harm.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
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.
- Wednesday, July 20, 2016
THE WILDERNESS SOCIETY * NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL * SOUTHERN UTAH WILDERNESS ALLIANCE
- Saturday, July 16, 2016Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Robert Bonnie held a public meeting in Bluff, Utah, on July 16 regarding community visions for the management of Southern Utah’s public lands, including the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal to designate a new national monument. The Wilderness Society is supportive of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition’s proposal and welcomed the meeting.
- Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Utah Public Lands Initiative Act (PLI) introduced today by Utah Congressman Rob Bishop fails to recognize the areas of agreement reached between conservation groups, the state of Utah, counties, and other stakeholders that many places containing unsurpassed beauty, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat are deserving of permanent protection for future generations. This includes places like the Bears Ears region in San Juan County.