The Wilderness Society is helping to lead an effort to add one of Northern California’s incredible and most biologically diverse landscapes to the National Landscape Conservation System.
Located less than 100 miles from the Bay Area and Sacramento, the proposed Berryessa — Snow Mountain National Conservation Area is a dazzling outdoor wonderland, rich in natural features and recreational opportunities such as hiking, riding, kayaking, hunting, fishing and bird watching.
From rugged canyons to towering pinnacles, New Mexico’s wild public lands represent some of the wildest country left in the Rocky Mountain West. But these places also face a number of threats, including oil and gas drilling, off-road vehicle abuse, and urban sprawl.
Oregon’s Devil’s Staircase Wilderness Act is off to a positive start in Congress.
U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Joel Holtrop testified in support of the proposed Wilderness Area at a House Natural Resource Committee hearing on Oct. 1. He cited the area as one of the last remaining stands of old-growth forest in the Oregon Coast Range and its benefits as critical habitat for dozens of species, including the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet.
Whether tucked away in his office in Denver or out exploring the forests, mountains, and canyons of Colorado, our Central Rockies Assistant Regional Director Steve Smith is immersed in the process of protecting the wilderness he loves. Now even the Forest Service has taken note, selecting him as this year’s recipient of one of their most prestigious honors: the Bob Marshall Award for Individual Champion of Wilderness Stewardship.
Millions of acres of lands and waters containing many of the nation’s most incredible natural and cultural treasures got a long-overdue boost last week when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued new guidance that made the protection of natural and cultural resources a top priority.
Our focus at The Wilderness Society is preserving spectacular lands like the California Desert and our national forests, but the critical decisions that determine their future sometimes take place inside the rarified realm of a federal courtroom.