mywilderness

As an American, you own 618 million acres of federal wildlands, of which nearly 110 million acres are designated wilderness. Hear artists, activists and adventurers share what the ownership and legacy of these American wildlands means to them.

Jeremy Jones

For professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones, wilderness is a set for making action films and a place to protect.

T.A. Barron

Young adult author T.A. Barron dreams up books about the magical ways wild places transform his characters.

Betty White

Actress Betty White first experienced wilderness visiting California's Sierra Nevada as a girl.

Wendie Malick

Actress Wendie Malick says wilderness helps her to retreat from the bustle of urban life and rejuvenate.

Dave Matthews

Musician Dave Matthews wants to help draw attention to America's wild places and inspire us all to protect them.

Forrest Shearer

A professional snowboarder, Forrest Shearer has seen first-hand how climate change is affecting our wild places.

Cornelia Funke

Fire your imagination by exploring wild places — just like children’s author Cornelia Funke.

Dudley Edmondson

A wildlife photographer and youth outdoor leader, Dudley Edmondson wants to give more people opportunities to experience wild places.

Kai Hagen

Kai Hagen first connected with wilderness exploring Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, a short distance from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

Lynn Donaldson

Mom and photographer Lynn Donaldson talks about her work to connect her children with wild places and raise them as "outdoorsy" kids.

Shawn Stewart

Seattle radio personality Shawn Stewart shares how wilderness has brought her closer to one of her best friends in life, her adopted dog Charlie.

  • Alex Thompson

    Today, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management announced a new methane waste rule to replace its own regulations that went into effect only about one year ago. The new rule eliminates important environmental and public health protections established under the 2016 rule and will result in increased natural gas waste and reduced taxpayer revenue.

    The following statement is from Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society:

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Trump’s infrastructure and budget proposals are essentially Valentine’s gifts to oil, gas, coal and other extractive interests.

    The plans would increase fossil fuel development on public lands, weaken environmental safeguards, drain funds from conservation programs and even allow selling off public lands to pay for infrastructure.

    Jamie Williams, President of The Wilderness Society, said:

  • Michael Reinemer

    Public lands and environmental protections would be steamrolled under President Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan according to The Wilderness Society’s review of leaked White House documents.  His proposed fiscal year 2019 budget would likely further hobble budgets of federal land management agencies and choke vital programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Both are expected to be released on February 12.

    Drew McConville, Senior Managing Director at The Wilderness Society, said: