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.