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
Wilderness Watch Premiers Giving Library Video: Wilderness Watch is honored to be selected for the Giving Library, an initiative of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The Giving Library connects donors to nonprofit organizations through online video interviews. We urge you to watch our short new Overview Video, which talks about Wilderness Watch and why our work is critical. The more views our video gets, the better our chances are of being highlighted on the Giving Library's soon-to-be re-launched website, so please watch and share our video with others. Click here to watch our video.
Wolves and Isle Royale: Manipulated Zoo or Wild Wilderness? By Kevin Proescholdt
Pressure has been mounting on the National Park Service to "save" the wolves on Michigan's Isle Royale National Park and Wilderness. Wolf numbers on the Lake Superior island have dropped, proponents of manipulation proclaim, and the decades of in-breeding have flattened the population's genetic diversity. Wilderness Watch has strongly urged the National Park Service to refrain from reintroducing wolves, and rather let Nature take her course, even if that means the wolf population might become extirpated at some point in the future. Read the rest...