At Wilderness, we use a blend of policy, partnerships and science to address important issues affecting designated wilderness and other wildlands. Our policy work focuses on the following areas:
Using the Wilderness Act, Congress is able to designate new public lands as wilderness. A mere 5 percent of the U.S. is designated wilderness — roughly 110 million acres. We need to protect millions of acres more.
The president can designate public lands as national monuments using the Antiquities Act. When a wildland receives monument designation, it also gains new protections against development and other threats.
National forests are a vital part of America’s public land system. So much of what makes our country special would vanish without them.
Our public lands face many threats —energy development, off-road vehicle use and other development activities. At Wilderness, we work with the Bureau of Land Management and other agencies to balance how we use and protect public lands.
Much of the oil and gas produced in the United States comes from public lands. Our work helps to protect these lands from further harmful development of fossil fuels.
Clean energy sources like wind and solar can help us reduce climate change, but can harm wildlife and wildlands if not sited carefully.
When funding exists for important conservation projects, there’s a better chance that wilderness is protected, studied and managed well.
Millions of Americans enjoy recreation on our public lands each year. It’s important to balance opening wildlands to recreation opportunities while also protecting them from harm.
Stay current on legislation moving in Congress, issues affecting wilderness and wilderness designation campaigns with our Notes from the Hill.
Add your voice to important wilderness causes and take action to stop threats to our wildlands by joining our community of wilderness activists.
Find fact sheets, reports and other resources related to wilderness policy and conservation.
- Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Today, an assortment of local and national groups, globally-respected scientist organizations, denounced the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) release of draft management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumen
- Thursday, August 9, 2018
The Forest Service is conducting a study of whether to ban mining in the watershed for 20 years. In the meantime, a temporary two-year ban is in place.
Chris Rackens, Senior Representative, Government Relations, Wilderness Society, said:
- Thursday, August 9, 2018
This represents yet another attack on America’s public lands that we must protect for current and future generations.
Congress should reject these proposals which would be destructive and short-sighted and are very unpopular, especially with Western voters who prize the wild character of public lands.
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