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.
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015
In a move to protect marine mammals, the Obama administration today told Royal Dutch Shell that it would not be allowed to simultaneously drill two exploratory wells less than 15 miles apart in the Arctic Ocean. The announcement forces Shell to scale back its drilling plans for this summer.
- Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Wilderness Society and the Arizona Wilderness Coalition commend Representative Raúl Grijalva (D-Dist. 3) for reintroducing legislation designed to preserve critical wildlife habitat and recreation west of Phoenix, safeguard the viability of Luke Air Force Base and the Barry M. Goldwater Range, and protect environmental amenities to boost economic opportunities for West Valley communities.
- Thursday, June 25, 2015
The legislation will support efforts to make droughts like the one the Yakima Basin is experiencing this year less of a hardship for both farms and fish.
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced a bill (S.1694) with Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) co-sponsoring, titled the “Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement III Act of 2015,” that builds on two previous Yakima River water management laws to authorize projects and funding for the first phase of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (Yakima Plan).