We are working to protect rare California wild lands like old growth forests, volcanic cliffs, pristine river gorges, rocky spires and wildflower meadows. Preserving these beautiful places also protects wildlife habitat, enhances recreation and expands wilderness for generations of visitors.
In the last decade, The Wilderness Society and our partners have permanently protected more than one million acres of California’s wilderness. Now we are focused on wild land campaigns that extend across the state.
Less than 100 miles from the Bay Area and Sacramento, this area is filled with meadows, clear creeks and snow fields. Its rich biodiversity includes wild tule elk, osprey and river otter.
We’re working to upgrade this national monument to a national park. Near the central coast town of Soledad, it is a volcanic wonderland of spires, caves and California condors.
Home to Bodie ghost town, this Eastern Sierra gem is dotted with aspen groves, Sierra views and high plateaus. Visitors can observe pronghorn antelope and greater sage-grouse.
Pristine river canyons and peaceful rocky vistas dot Agua Tibia and Beauty Mountain. Our goal is to complete wilderness protections here adjacent to Riverside County.
Wilderness is a precious resource with many human, natural and economic benefits that we need to protect.
Learn more about issues affecting the places we work to protect with our Notes from the Field.
Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.
- Friday, April 17, 2015
The Department of Interior announced plans, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to revisit royalty rates charged to energy producers—through a long-needed rule making effort. The BLM’s efforts could help ensure that public lands are receiving their full and fair value in the oil and gas leasing process.
- Thursday, April 16, 2015
“Investing in our public lands is an investment in America’s economic security,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “Our national parks, forests and wilderness areas attract visitors and economic activity that support hundreds of businesses and sustain millions of local jobs.
- Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“This Congress may have set a record for its blizzard of attacks on our bedrock conservation laws – laws that protect clean water, clean air and our natural heritage,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.