Other campaigns in the Northern Forest

The wild places of the Northeast extend beyond the Northern Forests, and protecting them sometimes requires improving state-level policies. In addition to our work in the forests, The Wilderness Society is working on other campaigns in this region.

Coastal islands

Spreading across 50 rocky islands, the Maine Coastal National Wildlife Refuge is home to more than 320 bird species and other unique wildlife like harbor seals. The Wilderness Society is working to increase protections for some of these islands for their outstanding wilderness qualities.

Climate adaptation

Preparing wilderness and communities of the Northeast for climate change can lessen its effects and keep our wild places safe.

Renewable energy

We support energy conservation and responsible renewable energy development that reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions while also preserving core areas that help nature adapt to climate stresses.

  • Michael Reinemer

    Rather than using taxpayer dollars, the program’s funds come from a small slice of royalties from oil and gas leases in publicly owned offshore waters. 

    The 2017 budget would invest $900 million for conservation and recreation projects, which is the annual amount authorized by the 1964 bill that created this popular program. However, actual funding approved by Congress has traditionally fallen far short of that amount. 

    Alan Rowsome at The Wilderness Society commented:

  • Anonymous

    “The proposed guidelines from the Bureau of Land Management governing natural gas waste are a huge step forward toward ensuring public resources on federal lands are used for Americans’ benefit, and not wasted.

    “For too long, oil and gas companies have been able to vent and flare unlimited quantities of natural gas and ignore massive leaks from outdated infrastructure. These unregulated actions have immense consequences for American taxpayers, who lose out on more than $330 million annually from gas that is not being sold.

  • Jennifer Dickson

    The 2016 Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI) draft released by Utah Representative Rob Bishop fails to provide adequate protections for scenic public lands in the state, would undermine bedrock environmental laws and threatens to despoil key public lands.