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QuoteWILDERNESS WATCH is America’s only organization dedicated to defending and keeping wild the nation’s 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Our work is guided by the visionary 1964 Wilderness Act.

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 over 20 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: 
Monte Dolack's W50 art

Internationally-acclaimed artist Monte Dolack has been commissioned to create a fine art poster commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Dolack's poster will commemorate this milestone and celebrate our 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System.

Wilderness Watch is handling the production and distribution of the posters on behalf of the national Wilderness50 planning team. Posters are $25 each. Limited-edition signed posters are $75 each. Shipping is $5 for the first poster, $1 for each additional poster. Order online or by contacting Jeff Smith: 406.542.2048 x1 or jsmith@wildernesswatch.org. A limited number of posters are available at a wholesale price, with a minimum order of 25 posters. Info: dserra@wildernesswatch.org.

BLOG: Keeping Wilderness WILD!

"Wilderness More Important than Ever"

Kevin Proescholdt and Howie Wolkeby Kevin Proescholdt and Howie Wolke

July 18, 2014

Christopher Solomon got it wrong in so many ways in his July 6 New York Times editorial, “Rethinking the Wild: The Wilderness Act Is Facing A Midlife Crisis”.  The history of the wilderness movement and of the 1964 Wilderness Act shows how wrong and myopic he was.  In fact, the visionary Wilderness Act is needed now more than ever.


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