Studies make it clear: the US needs to transform its energy system with less-polluting options. Rich renewable energy found on our public lands play a key role in powering our future.
In developing renewable energy on public lands, we shouldn’t sacrifice sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat. By choosing the right places and methods for developing clean energy, we can ensure our environment and economies stay healthy.
What The Wilderness Society is doing
The Wilderness Society is working to help build a more sustainable energy future, focused on clean, renewable energy. We work to find opportunities for conservation while seeking renewable energy alternatives that minimize damage to the land. This includes:
- Reducing the acreage of lands used for energy development by increasing power generation near where people live and work
- Guiding large-scale renewable energy projects to places where they will not harm wildlife and wildlands
- Ensuring that renewable projects on public lands are in “low-conflict” areas so that they can be approved sooner, helping the nation decrease its reliance on fossil fuels
What is the role of public lands in renewable energy?
Along with state and private lands, our public lands harbor substantial wind, solar and geothermal resources. Development is not appropriate everywhere on public lands. Where it does occur on public lands, it needs to be done in a responsible manner.
When we work to guide renewable energy development to the most appropriate places, we can avoid damaging sensitive wildlands and wildlife habitat. Solar, wind and transmission line development require forward thinking policies and development practices.
Ensuring that renewable energy leaves the smallest footprint on our land and receiving fair market rates for the use of our public lands for energy development is a critical part of our work. Reinvesting into conservation efforts and offsetting the impacts through mitigation are an important part of the transition to clean energy sources.
Replacing fossil energy with renewable energy can reduce carbon emissions and limit the worst effects of climate change. The Wilderness Society envisions a future where the nation relies on a more sustainable energy system that has less impact on the warming planet and our changing climate.
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Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- 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.
- Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The award is the organization’s highest honor bestowed on one person each year who has never held public office but had a notable influence on conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic.
“Through her tireless grassroots work, Sarah James has served as an essential champion for protecting the Arctic Refuge and the rights of the Gwich’in Nation and other indigenous people,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.
- Friday, June 19, 2015
The bill ignores critical funding priorities like the $11 billion backlog of needed maintenance work in the National Park Service and it shortchanges the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has helped millions of Americans to enjoy parks and ball fields in virtually every county in the United States over the past 50 years. Worse, the Committee may adopt a number of damaging policy provisions or “riders” that have no place in the appropriations process.
Among the riders that The Wilderness Society opposes are: