The Dreaming Tree winery first partnered with The Wilderness Society in 2012. Launched by Wilderness Society Governing Council member Dave Matthews, with award-winning winemaker Sean McKenzie, The Dreaming Tree prioritizes sustainability. It is a certified California Sustainable Winegrowing winery and part of a solar initiative that includes 17,000 solar panels spanning four wineries — the largest solar footprint in the U.S. wine industry.
The Dreaming Tree has donated more than $1 million since the partnership started in 2012. Some of the achievements it has made possible are:
Establishing Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine in 2016
This area of Maine’s north woods is one of the last untouched forest landscapes in the East. The monument connects habitat for moose, black bear, Atlantic salmon and other wildlife.
Expanding Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area in 2014
This area holds the headwaters of four important rivers and its old growth forests provide critical habitat for threatened species, including the golden eagle, wolverine and lynx. As part of the expansion, the Pratt River and a segment of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River received Wild and Scenic River designations.
Stopping oil and gas development in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine Area
Located between Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, this roadless expanse is sacred to the Blackfeet Nation. But starting in the 1980s, oil and gas leases were granted on this public land without tribal consultation. After years of work by Blackfeet leaders, The Wilderness Society and other partners, the leases were cancelled in 2017. Today with The Dreaming Tree’s support, The Wilderness Society is working with the Blackfeet Nation to permanently protect this landscape.
Forests provide the clean air we breathe, the clean water we drink, and places to explore to renew our spirits. The Wilderness Society is grateful to The Dreaming Tree for its partnership in protecting forests across the country.
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- Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Today, the Trump administration’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) auctioned off parcels of federal public lands in southeastern Utah’s spectacular redrock country for oil and gas leasing and development. Included in BLM’s lease sale are approximately 54,000 acres of public lands near Bears Ears, Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients National Monuments, as well as in the culturally rich Alkali Ridge area of critical environmental concern and along the Green and San Juan rivers.
- Friday, March 16, 2018
Unfortunately, BLM’s latest draft closely mirrors prior attempts that a federal court found illegal. The draft plan once again inadequately protects areas with high conservation and cultural values and prioritizes off-road vehicles over other uses. It appears the agency has struck out when it comes to honoring its legal obligation to protect irreplaceable resources in the desert.
- Friday, March 16, 2018
The Wilderness Society will host a discussion for journalists working on energy, environment and climate issues on March 20 at the National Press Club. Panelists will focus on developments and trends from the last year and what that may portend for the year ahead.