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Great Old Broads for Wilderness

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Energy Resources Conservation & Development, Environment, Human Services, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: Great old broads for wilderness is a

Geographic areas served: USA

Programs: Broadband support: we have trained and organized more than two dozen local broadbands (chapters) throughout the country to advocate for wild lands; organized leader training workshops, regional broadwalks, outings, and volunteer projects; supported and mentored local broadbands with communication tools, access to materials and information, and ongoing coaching. We assist broadbands in establishing relationships with public land management agencies to carry out the organization's goals for management of wild and roadless public lands, and we serve as eyes and ears on the ground to advocate for land management methods and approaches that maintain or improve ecosystem health.

wilderness stewardship and advocacy-we organized "broadwalks" in support of proposed wilderness and performed volunteer service and monitoring projects at many locations across the west and nationwide. Engaged in collaborative efforts for wilderness and wildland protection. Encouraged attendance at public lands planning and management meetings, analyzed and commented on relevant agency proposed actions, prepared specific bulletins and research on wilderness topics, educated members to communicat

public/member education: published three broadsides newsletters and targeted ealerts to over 4500 members and supporters. Maintained a website and facebook page that informs members and others about various wilderness issues. Provided media interviews, letters to editors, op-ed contributions and staff appearances before civic, recreational groups and college classes. Trained individuals in monitoring grazing impacts, off road vehicle impacts and wilderness inventory techniques on public lands an

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

The presentations included historians from the nearby national park presenting costumed cameos of various Spanish settlers and native Americans. The speakers included Forest Service representatives and members of environmental organizations who had differing views on making the lands we hiked Wilderness. Our service project for the Forest Service included picking up trash and mending barbed wire fences, and while we were working in the hot noon-day sun seeing groups of undocumented workers carrying their gallon jugs of water moving from their space under a tree where they were waiting for transport and running across the road to a canyon trying to escape. Our hikes included those to the top of a ridge staked out by environmental heroes and near the motion-activated camera which had recently captured photos of two different highly endangered jaguars extant on the US side of the border. The variety of experiences and meaningful interchange among the Broads and Bros there were both informative and life-enriching.


Board Member

Rating: 5

My experiences with the Broadwalks where we go to an area, learn about the environmental issues from the locals, and participate in a service project have been wonderful.


Board Member

Rating: 4

As a senior woman I have canoed rivers such as the Green and Colorado and explored remote canyons that I would never have seen without Broads. I have learned how to assess the health of riparian areas so vital to western ecology. Best of all I have been able to help keep wild public lands wild and have fun doing it.


Board Member

Rating: 5

This group of dedicated Great Old Broads and Great Old Bros work to protect public and wild lands for future generations, and have fun doing so! Broadwalks (campouts) provide the opportunity for camraderie, service, and exploring areas that need protection for future generations. Local Broadbands (chapters) provide opportunities to work in our communities, giving voice to elders to protect public and wild lands and to explore local or regional wilderness.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Great Old Broads is one of a kind: effective, empowering, and fun. They give a voice to the older, impassioned, experienced, wise female, and thus fill an important niche in the environmental and wilderness movement. In a time of large environmental organizations caving to corporate money (see The Nation, March 4, 2010 The Wrong Kind of Green), Great Old Broads remains staunchly independent, grassroots, and true to their mission of protecting wild places. Their campaigns to combat abuse from off-road vehicles and overgrazing on public lands have led to more responsible management plans protecting our public lands for future generations. Their many activities to engage people in both national and local issues are always imaginative, collaborative, non-confrontational, and great fun. As the name suggests, all is done with a sense of humor, and a constant eye towards protecting our pristine public lands for future generations.