The Wilderness Society is working to keep our forests wild and protected from industrial and other harmful development.
We work with other groups who care about our national forests to protect nearly 59 million acres of America’s forests.
This is important because forests provide us with:
- Clean drinking water
- Healthy air
- Endless recreation opportunities
We focus on two major areas to keep national forests healthy and intact:
- Protecting the last remaining forests from development
- Restoring damaged forests to a more natural and wilder condition.
Through our National Forest Action Center, The Wilderness Society’s staff works with people on the ground and in local and federal government to keep our forests natural and untouched by modern development.
Our work at the National Forest Action Center is supported by communities and businesses that depend on forests for their livelihoods.
Even protected forests need nurturing. Like tending a garden, we need to make sure forests are healthy. The Wilderness Society has worked on many of the laws and regulations that help us manage our forests, like the “National Forest Management Act” and the “National Forest Planning Rule.”
We use a variety of tools to protect America’s national forests including:
- Advocating for constructive legislation in Congress.
- Working with local communities located in and around national forests.
- Conserving our last remaining roadless areas. The “Roadless Rule” is one of the most successful and important conservation victories of our time.
Restoring America’s national forests not only creates healthy forests, it also creates long-lasting sustainable jobs. Through our forest restoration program, The Wilderness Society focuses on restoring:
- Watersheds, which protects our water sources from pollution and contamination.
- Forests that have been damaged by previous industrial activity or other types of human activity, such as wildfire suppression.
While our national forests provide us with clean drinking water, healthy air and endless recreation opportunities for free, we need to make sure that they are well managed and facilities are maintained. And this costs money. Learn how The Wilderness Society works with people on the ground and government agencies to secure funding for America’s forests.
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about national forests.
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.
- Monday, March 27, 2017
Today, President Trump signed an executive order with multiple environmental rollbacks that will harm public lands. The sweeping directive targets policies to undo the Clean Power Plan and undoes the pause in the federal coal program. It also strikes down guidelines that were put in place to ensure climate pollution considerations were part of the environmental review process, reverses rules to minimize methane pollution and rejects science determining how to calculate the cost of carbon emissions to society.
- Monday, March 20, 2017
The state of New Mexico has sold 4 million acres of state trust lands to private interests and extractive industries, some of which endanger the health, environment, and economy of local communities, according to a report released this week by The Wilderness Society.
- Friday, March 17, 2017
The most recent paper, “Wild, connected, and diverse: building a more resilient system of protected areas,” will be published in Ecological Applications, a journal of the Ecological Society of America.
Authors: R. Travis Belote, Matthew S. Dietz, Clinton N. Jenkins, Peter S. McKinley, G. Hugh Irwin, Timothy J. Fullman, Jason C. Leppi, Gregory H. Aplet.