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.
Good news for salmon in Washington! Through our work coordinating a diverse coalition in Washington state, salmon habitat on the battered Skokomish River scored a win recently.
Over the years, road construction, clearcut logging, and dams, among other factors, have significantly altered the character of the Skokomish River, which empties into southwest portion of Puget Sound.
There’s a joke here in town that D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people; meaning that the celebrities we see out on the town are not beautiful movie stars, but rather average looking politicians and appointees. Well, it felt like a red carpet event this morning in the shadow of the Capitol dome as a team of Wilderness Society staff and interns gathered with over a hundred other supporters for the release of the Senate’s clean energy and climate bill.
Imagine a place so rugged and wild that one guide book describes it as a place that only a “handful of mortals have penetrated”. It is also home to an abundance of wildlife, including salmon, black bear, otter and mink. Do you picture Alaska? If so think again. In fact, you don’t have to travel to Alaska to enjoy this type of pristine wildness. One exists in the Lower 48 – in Oregon.
To honor the 45th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Sept. 3, we asked for your best original photos from excursions in nature and you did not disappoint. From stunning vistas to wildlife in action, the winning shots of our photo contest capture truly inspirational moments offered by our nation’s wild places.