Wilderness Watch believes that wilderness is defined by two primary characteristics. First, it is a place where nature is free to exist as it did in ages past, self-willed and untrammeled. Second, it is a place where humans are free to roam through nature in its wild condition, to experience a feeling of solitude and self-reliance found nowhere else.
For 25 years, Wilderness Watch has confronted threats to wildness and solitude, such as helicopters and all-terrain vehicles; bulldozers and chainsaws; illegal buildings, commercial intrusions and other developments; predator control and other exploitation of native wildlife; excessive horse-packing and other livestock-related damage; and many other incursions that degrade wilderness. We educate, engage and encourage citizens and government agencies to stand up for our nation’s strong and unique wilderness heritage.
Please join us in ensuring that America's Wilderness remains full of mystery, adventure, and biological wealth.
“It is painfully clear to me…that a private, citizen’s organization is necessary if the spirit and letter of this landmark law [the Wilderness Act] is to be observed… I wholeheartedly offer my name and energy to your splendid efforts.” —Former Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall, upon joining the Wilderness Watch board of directors
Order Monte Dolack's Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Poster:
Internationally-acclaimed artist Monte Dolack has created a fine art poster commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.
Wilderness Watch is selling the posters for $25 (limited-edition signed posters are $75. Shipping is $5 for the first poster, $1 for each additional poster. Order online or by contacting Jeff Smith: 406.542.2048 x1 or email@example.com. For wholesale ordering information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Wilderness: The Next 50 Years?"
November 20, 2014
September 3, 2014 commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964. No other environmental law, save perhaps the Endangered Species Act, so clearly articulates an environmental ethic and sense of humility. The system the law created is like no other in the United States. Once designated by Congress, a wilderness area is to be managed to preserve its wildness, meaning that these special places are to be free from human control, manipulation, and commercial exploitation.
Celebrations are being planned throughout the country and each will undoubtedly take a look back at the history of this law and the land it now protects. But what is the future of the wilderness system? Read more...