New campaign fights special interests that are trying to privatize America’s national parks, forests and natural heritage

Jun 30, 2016
Statement from The Wilderness Society:

Today, The Wilderness Society launched OurWild, a campaign to engage Americans in the effort to protect our national parks, forests, deserts and wildlife refuges. 

All Americans are owners of the nation’s 670 million acres of public lands. These places are treasured for their beauty, recreation and economic values, as well as the clean air, water and wildlife habitat they provide.

But by suggesting that national land be “returned” to state control, a small group of extremists in state legislatures and in Congress are pushing an agenda to allow our national lands to be given away and sold off or leased to the highest bidder, which would lock us out of lands that have been handed down over generations.

During this centennial anniversary of our National Park Service, let’s celebrate the value of these treasures and expose the efforts to undermine public land system that protects these parks and wild places. 

The OurWild site includes tools to help Americans advocate for protecting our shared national lands through advocacy and social media.

The site also features a video profile of Gavin Woody, a climber, long-distance runner and Iraq vet who served as an Army Airborne Ranger.  Today Gavin is fighting to preserve America’s public lands where his experiences in the wild provide him with respite and purpose. He says, “moments of clarity in the outdoors have helped calm all the noise. We seek these experiences because they elevate our ability to survive.”

The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.    

Contact: Kate Mackay, Director of Wildlands Communications,  kate_mackay@tws.org, 602-571-2603