Hoyt Mountain

San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Expansion

In April 2024, President Biden protected over 105,000 acres of public lands by expanding San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Located near Los Angeles, over 18 million people live within a 90-mile radius of these public lands and the expansion will help ensure and increase equitable access to nature and improve public health for local residents….

Milky Way from Condor Ridge

Protecting Molok Luyuk

In April 2024, President Biden protected over 13,500 acres of public lands sacred to the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation by expanding Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument to include Molok Luyuk. Molok Luyuk, “Patwin for Condor Ridge,” safeguards public lands, critical wildlife corridors, and biodiversity in the face of a changing climate. Located just north of…

Alaska Wilderness

National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska

The nearly 23 million-acre National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska supports a stunning diversity and abundance of wildlife. More than 400,000 caribou migrate to their calving grounds in the Reserve and iconic marine mammals such as polar bear, walrus, beluga whale, and several species of ice-dependent seals inhabit the coastline. On April 19, 2024, the Biden Administration officially…

Bureau of Land Management Public Lands Rule

BLM Public Lands Rule

In April 2024, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized its Public Lands Rule. The BLM manages 245 million acres of public lands. Prior to this announcement, only 15% of BLM lands had permanent protections from development and other detrimental uses. The new rule prioritizes access to outdoor recreation, improving user experience across our public…

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…