Wilderness Society

Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the conservation movement in wilderness protection, writing and passing the landmark Wilderness Act and winning lasting protection for 107 million acres of Wilderness, including 56 million acres of spectacular lands in Alaska, eight million acres of fragile desert lands in California and millions more throughout the nation.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Wilderness Act Celebrates 45th Anniversary, Sept. 3, 2009
Thursday, September 3, marks the 45 th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, landmark conservation legislation that allows citizens to work with Congress to protect America's public land as wilderness.
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Friday, August 14, 2009
The Wilderness Society praises momentous speech by Secretary of Agriculture
The Wilderness Society today praised U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack after he outlined the Obama administration’s vision for greatly improving the way forests are managed. Following are highlights of Vilsack’s remarks and reaction to those points by The Wilderness Society.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Beginning of the End of Attempts to Eliminate Roadless Rule?
The Obama administration today filed a legal appeal in the U.S. 10 th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado that could mark a pivotal moment in the more than eight-year effort to protect some 58 million acres of pristine national forests. The move is a response to the 2006 ruling by a federal district court judge in Wyoming who invalidated the popular 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.
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Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Roadless Forests Win in Court
The Wilderness Society and 19 other environmental organizations notched a huge victory today when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed protection for almost 40 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building, logging, and development. The decision puts an end to the Bush administration's efforts to open these last great natural areas to development.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Wilderness Society Praises Long-Overdue Release of National Climate Assessment
After five years of slow-walk, scuttle, and delay by the Bush Administration, the Obama Administration is letting global warming science speak for itself with the release today of Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States , a synthesis of years of peer-reviewed climate research conducted by 13 federal agencies beginning more than a decade ago.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Obama Intervenes to Protect Pristine Forests
The Wilderness Society hailed a key step the Obama administration announced today that will help protect nearly 49 million acres of unroaded national forests that have remained under assault by actions of former President Bush.
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Statement of David Moulton, Director of Climate Policy and Conservation Funding on the Waxman-Markey 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
"This legislation-the first comprehensive energy and climate bill ever to be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives-represents a victory for our planet and for our treasured landscapes. We are grateful for the leadership of Chairmen Waxman and Markey for their persistence, patience and policy expertise in shaping this sweeping new direction for the country. President Obama signaled this new direction in his campaign, but moving it forward in a difficult political environment was a task that many predicted was impossible despite the urgency of doing so. Reps.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Flying Squirrel: Bush’s Prank Still Not Funny
George Bush has been out of office for more than two months on this April fool's Day - but the West Virginia northern flying squirrel certainly isn't laughing at the pranks the former president pulled. His administration removed the charismatic squirrel from the endangered species list last August, leaving the loveable rodent hanging in, well, mid air.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Bill Addressing Wildfire Funding Crisis Passes US House
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill aimed at solving a critical part of America's wildfire suppression funding crisis. The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act is designed to help federal agencies address the escalating cost of suppressing wildfires. It would also relieve the burden placed on other vital programs and services each year when the agencies pull money away from them to fight fires.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monumental National Wilderness Bill Passes Congress
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, which would permanently protect more than 2 million acres of America's wilderness in California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. The omnibus lands act provides the greatest expansion of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 15 years. It now advances to the President's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.
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