All Stories

Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what their experiences in the wild have meant to them.

Jeremy Jones

For professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, wilderness is a set for making action films and a place to protect. 

T.A. Barron

Young adult author T.A. Barron dreams up books about the magical ways wild places transform his characters.

Betty White

Actress Betty White first experienced wilderness visiting California's Sierra Nevada as a girl.

Wendie Malick

Actress Wendie Malick says wilderness helps her to retreat from the bustle of urban life and rejuvenate.

Dave Matthews

Musician Dave Matthews wants to help draw attention to America's wild places and inspire us all to protect them.

Forrest Shearer

A professional snowboarder, Forrest Shearer has seen first-hand how climate change is affecting our wild places.

Cornelia Funke

Fire your imagination by exploring wild places — just like children’s author Cornelia Funke.

Dudley Edmonson

A wildlife photographer and youth outdoor leader, Dudley Edmonson wants to give more people opportunities to experience wild places.

Kai Hagen

Kai Hagen first connected with wilderness exploring Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, a short distance from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Lynn Donaldson

Mom and photographer Lynn Donaldson talks about her work to connect her children with wild places and raise them as "outdoorsy" kids.

Shawn Stewart

Seattle radio personality Shawn Stewart shares how wilderness has brought her closer to one of her best friends in life, her adopted dog Charlie.

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.