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

    Citing some of “the most beautiful and iconic landscapes on earth” in Teton County’s backyard, the board of commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously passed a resolution that “opposes any and all efforts by the State of Wyoming to obtain the wholesale transfer of federal lands in Wyoming” to the state. In January, Sweetwater County filed a letter with the state legislature stating similar opposition to measures that would turn over federal public lands—such as parks, wilderness, and national forests—to state jurisdiction and management.

  • Tim Woody

    In spite of Royal Dutch Shell’s disastrous performance during the 2012 Arctic Ocean drilling season, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today conditionally approved the company’s 2015 exploration plan, which provides even fewer safeguards for the Chukchi Sea and its sensitive coastline than Shell had in place three years ago. Shell also plans to bring a different rig operated by a new contractor to the Arctic Ocean in 2015, which could result in unexpected transport and drilling problems.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society strongly supports bipartisan legislation, the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2015 (S. 235, H.R. 167), to fix a budgetary problem called “fire borrowing.”  This is a destructive cycle in which the Forest Service is forced to take funds from other forest programs when its allotted wildfire funds are used up, essentially robbing Peter to pay Paul to put out fires in our national forests.