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.
Map and infographics showing the region of the plan, what matters in the Pacific Northwestt (1), what people want in a Northwest Forest Plan (2) and what most voters support in a revised Northwest Forest plan (3). A two page summary of the polls results is below the map and infographics.
statewide survey of 600 registered voters in Washington, Oregon and California, with an additional oversample of 200 registered voters in California counties, was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers, including 45% of all interviews conducted via cell phone.
“We Can’t Wait: Why we need reform of the federal coal program now,” shows how the industry has been passing on millions in costs every day to the public. The status quo of the program has impacted public lands to the tune of billions of dollars and could multiply if coal companies aren’t held responsible for cleanup as they go bankrupt. Damages due to climate change from mining emissions will cost billions and drinking water for entire cities could be lost to mining or polluted beyond safe drinking levels.