Sen. Feinstein receives Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams Award

Feb 24, 2016

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

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The Wilderness Society honors Senator Dianne Feinstein with the 2016 Ansel Adams Award for her tireless work in protecting America’s wild public lands.

The Ansel Adams Award is conferred on a current or former federal official who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the cause of conservation and the fostering of an American land ethic.

“Over the years, Senator Feinstein has championed more than a dozen unique wilderness bills that resulted in more than eight and a half million acres of permanently protected wilderness,” said Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society. “The most sweeping of these, the California Desert Protection Act, is the single largest wilderness bill passed for the lower 48 states since the 1964 Wilderness Act.

“During her tenure on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Feinstein has stood firm to protect the essential programs and laws that protect our land and water. Recently, she has worked with President Obama to designate new national monuments in the California Desert that preserve natural, cultural and historical treasures for all Americans. For all these reasons, The Wilderness Society honors Senator Dianne Feinstein for her exceptional commitment to the cause of conservation and her extraordinary leadership in fostering an American land ethic.” 

The Ansel Adams Award is presented on behalf of the renowned photographer who was an outspoken advocate for defending the nation’s natural heritage. Past winners include President Jimmy Carter, Secretaries of the Interior Ken Salazar, Bruce Babbitt and Stewart Udall, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Senators Gaylord Nelson, Bill Roth, Maria Cantwell and John Chafee, Congressmen Phillip Burton and John Lewis and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Kathleen McGinty. 


The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wild public lands and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 700,000 members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.

Contact: Michael Reinemer, Deputy Director, Wildland Communications, 202-429-3949,