U.S. Wilderness Map (Purple: National Park Service, Green: US Forest Service, Yellow: Bureau of Land Management, Orange: Fish and Wildlife Service). CLICK HERE FOR LARGER MAP



Protecting Western Wilderness

The Wilderness Land Trust works across the country to complete designated and proposed wilderness.  We have worked on projects from Massachusetts to Washington, Florida to California.  We’ve added properties ranging in size from five acres to 2,450 acres to 90 federal wilderness areas and areas proposed for wilderness designation.  


The Trust currently has active programs in:

Arizona      New Mexico
California      Oregon
Colorado      Utah
Idaho      Washington
Montana      Wyoming


There are many reasons to preserve wilderness. In our 24 year history, we’ve acquired wilderness properties that were threatened with exclusive resort development, road construction, mining, logging and oil and gas drilling.  We’ve purchased land in order to provide access to wilderness areas previously closed to the public. And we’ve acquired parcels in order to provide intact habitat and unbroken migration corridors for wildlife, including endangered species.







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Mount Massive Wilderness, Colorado





“In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions, leaving no lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”


The Wilderness Act, 1964