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Causes: Animals, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: We keep the promise of wilderness - by acquiring and transferring private lands (inholdings) to public ownership that complete designated and proposed wilderness areas or directly protect wilderness values.

Programs: Acquisition of private lands in designated and potential wilderness areas from willing sellers and transfer of those lands to public ownership so that all generations of americans will enjoy an enduring source of wilderness. During the fiscal year ended june 30, 2018, the wilderness land trust purchased eight properties throughout california, colorado, new mexico, oregon, and washington for a total of 456. 6 acres, and transferred five properties in california, idaho, and new mexico totaling 5,040 acres. Currently, the trust is active in alaska, california, colorado, nevada, new mexico, oregon, and washington on 23 projects totaling 12,451 acres. During its 26-year history, the trust has permanently protected lands in 104 wilderness areas and made 15 wilderness areas complete.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means The Wilderness Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Wilderness Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Wilderness Land Trust is a key organization in fulfilling the vision held by the many individuals who conceived and brought about the Wilderness Act that defines wilderness as "...an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man..." Private lands within wilderness can often become developed in ways that undermine and degrade the surrounding established wilderness. An excellent example of such a disaster can be found in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness of Southern Oregon where a developer using a private parcel for gold mining scheme - see http://www.oregonwild.org/about/press-room/press-clips/developer-lays-claim-to-more-than-gold-in-oregon-wilderness. The Wilderness Land Trust expertise and non-adversarial approach can do much to prevent the above type of tragedies for American Wilderness. The Wilderness Land trust has protected over 30,000 acres in the western United States, acquiring and transferring these lands to the federal government as part of existing wilderness. Recent transfers include parcels in the Mt Shasta, Trinity Alps, and Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel wildernesses. I urge folks to support the Wilderness Land Trust so they can continue protecting a uniquely American treasure.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read recently about the Wilderness Land Trust's work in California and Colorado. Thank you for stopping development in wilderness and keeping it open so that my children will be able to enjoy it.

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