Wilderness Workshop Autumn on the Thompson Divide

Thompson Divide Administrative Mineral Withdrawal

In April 2024, the Biden Administration finalized protections for the Thompson Divide area in Colorado by enacting a 20-year ban on new oil and gas leasing. The administrative mineral withdrawal will protect about 225,000 acres of Colorado lands known for its rich ranching heritage, wildlife habitat, world class recreation, and freshwater resources. The Thompson Divide…

Bear River / Willapa Washington

Willapa Bay – Expanding a National Wildlife Refuge

Earlier this year, TCA grantee, Western Rivers Conservancy helped expand the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Washington by fifteen percent, adding 2,366 acres to this incredible landscape. This includes 39 miles of streams that are critical to salmon and steelhead, as well as habitat for numerous species including threatened marbled murrelets. The addition will…

Temko - West Fork Washougal River

West Fork Washougal Conservation

Ecologists and foresters commonly suggest that trees must be 120 to 150 years old to be considered “old growth.” Along the West Fork Washougal River in Washington, the Douglas fir, cedar and hemlock trees are well on their way to achieving the designation. Many of the trees in the area can be dated to the…

Linville Gorge

Protecting North Carolina’s Mountain Treasures

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) finalized a new forest management plan covering the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, in North Carolina, in early 2023. The plan includes important conservation recommendations, which the Outdoor Alliance characterized as “hard-fought” wins. Together, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests make up over 1 million acres of mountains, valleys, and…

Napeequa River

WA Flagship Outstanding Resource Waters Designation

In December 2023, a diverse coalition of community members and organizations celebrated a decision by the Washington Department of Ecology (WDOE) to protect 958 river miles under the state’s first ever Outstanding Resource Water (ORW) designation. This decision will provide protections for segments of the Cascade, Green, and Napeequa Rivers. Through authorizations in the Clean…

Powder River Depot

Lower Yellowstone River Acquisition

In the first of 10-15 projected acquisitions over the next four years, Wild Montana successfully coordinated with the Montana Governor’s office and the Lower Yellowstone River Corridor Advisory Committee to purchase 328 acres of riparian habitat along the Lower Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone River, a primary tributary to the Missouri River, is the longest, free-flowing…

Ventura Land Trust

Mariano Rancho Acquisition

The rolling hills of Mariano Rancho Preserve sit directly to the north of the coastal city of Ventura, California. They provide unbroken views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands and effectively kickstart the raw and fabled beauty of driving U.S. Highway 101 northward along the California Coast. The area includes endangered coastal sage…

Lode Mount Baker Wilderness

North Cascades – Washington State Wilderness Campaign

In January 2023, The Wilderness Land Trust purchased 21 acres in the Mount Baker Wilderness, in the North Cascades in Washington. This comes on the heels of successfully securing 630 acres in the North Cascades in 2022, as part of the organization’s broader Washington State Wilderness Campaign. The 21-acre parcel, also known as the Fourth…

Labyrinth Canyon

Labyrinth Canyon Wilderness Protection

The Green River cuts through Labyrinth Canyon just outside of Moab, Utah. Labyrinth lives up to its name as a complex maze of red rock, canyonland geography. Impressive side canyons and several tributaries feed into a slow-moving, 40-mile stretch of the Green River. It provides vital habitat for native and migratory bird species, and is…

VCC

Valentine Park and Nature Trail: Nature, Conservation, Confluence

In early September 2023, the city of East St. Louis, celebrated the grand opening of the Valentine Conservation Community Park Bike/Walk Trail. East St. Louis is located less than a mile from the Mississippi River across from St. Louis, and has historically lacked access to community green spaces. The establishment of this park in 2022…