mywilderness

As an American, you own 618 million acres of federal wildlands, of which nearly 110 million acres are designated wilderness. Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means 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 Edmondson

A wildlife photographer and youth outdoor leader, Dudley Edmondson 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

    Senator Cantwell, the ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has scheduled a hearing in Seattle on August 27 to examine wildfire issues.  Senator John Barrasso, who chairs that committee’s Public Lands, Forests and Mining subcommittee, is also scheduled to participate in the hearing.

  • Tim Woody

    When President Obama visits Alaska at the end of August, climate change will be a key focus of his trip. The Wilderness Society developed the following memo to provide a brief primer on key Alaska public lands where the effects of climate change can already be seen. This information is intended to ease your research and inform your reporting during the president’s visit. It focuses on four areas where the president’s administration has made major, important decisions:

  • Anastasia Greene

    “We are heartened to see that President Obama is focusing on clean energy as part of building an enduring environmental legacy in the last 18 months of his presidency, and the Clean Power Plan is a good start,” said Jamie Williams, president of the Wilderness Society, one of the oldest conservation groups in the United States. "This administration has shifted the role our public lands play in powering the nation. We have solar projects on public lands for the first time ever.