Wilderness Under Siege

A wave of harmful bills in Congress is putting half a billion acres of wilderness at risk. You can help stop this great outdoors giveaway.

It has been nearly 50 years since Congress passed the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act. Now, a series of threatening bills is putting this act — and our beloved wildlands — at risk.

This “great outdoors giveaway” threatens more than a half billion acres of wildlands. It also threatens the clean air, clean water and local economies they support.

Our wildlands are a great source of economic activity, especially in rural communities. Outdoor recreation, natural resource conservation and historic preservation activities contribute more than $1 trillion annually to our economy. These activities support 9.4 million jobs and generate more than $100 billion in federal, state and local taxes. The Wilderness Under Siege bills would hurt communities that need this economic support the most.

A new bipartisan survey sponsored by Colorado College found that people of all backgrounds want to keep wildlands out of harm’s way. Regardless of their political views, survey respondents did not want to see wildlands put in the hands of developers.

Interactive map

Our interactive map gives a state-by-state breakdown of the harmful legislation in Congress that threatens our wild places.

If you can’t view the map, you can use our text-based version.

Take action

You can tell Congress to stop legislation that threatens wilderness and to say “no” to giving away your wild lands. Sign the petition.

Full Report

You can learn more about the harmful bills featured in our Wilderness Under Siege report.

 

  • Neil Shader

    A report on landscape-based mitigation released by the Interior Department Energy and Climate Change Task Force, “A Strategy for Improving the Mitigation Policies and Practices of The Department of the Interior,”  provides a blueprint for better protection for fish, wildlife, recreation and wild land values for the tens of millions of acres of public lands open to oil and gas and other energy development.

  • Michael Reinemer

    This weekend, veterans from around the West will be visiting the rolling, boulder-strewn landscape of the Dragoon Mountains south of Tucson to participate in a writing workshop that will guide them on skills needed to create narratives of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry that is informed both by their service experiences and the natural environment.

  • Neil Shader

    The following statement on the confirmation of Neil Kornze to be the Director of the Bureau of Land Management can be attributed to Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society.