Stories from California

More people live in California than any other state. They are of all colors, beliefs and backgrounds. But their stories agree on one point: wilderness matters.

Whether northern or southern, rural or urban, Californians of many different backgrounds say wild lands give them beautiful scenery, clean water and a chance to recharge their souls. Here are some of their stories.

Jose and Maria's story

One California couple uses wilderness to connect with each other and the community.

Don and Barbara's story

After moving to California in the 60s, Don and Barbara become outdoor recreationists and then conservation activists.

 

  • Testimony delivered by The Wilderness Society's Chase Huntley to the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources

  • A letter to Members of the House of Representatives urging them to oppose HR 4899, a bill that would undermine important wildland protections and force drilling in pristine areas of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

  • Every year, a coalition of conservation and environmental groups produce a report to help Congress as it debates the federal budget for the year. This report, has typically been to referred to as the "Green Budget." This year, it is titled "Green Investments," and it illustrates the importance of reinvesting in conservation and natural resources programs for Fiscal Year 2015 by looking at some of the effects of recent budget cuts.