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Increased resource extraction and commercial development has placed new pressures on America’s most unspoiled land, particularly in the West. Some of our most pristine landscapes critical to clean water, healthy fish and wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation are under assault from timber, mining and other industrial development, as well as off-road-vehicle use.

Pew supports several initiatives aimed at protecting wilderness and public lands within the United States.

  • Campaign for America's Wilderness

    The Campaign for America’s Wilderness focuses on achieving lasting protection for threatened wild lands—proactively working to preserve some of the nation’s last, great wild places for future generations.
  • Heritage Forests

    The heritage forests campaign, an alliance of conservationists, wildlife advocates, business and religious leaders, scientists and other Americans, works to uphold protection of 60 million acres of America’s last undeveloped national forests.
  • Mining Campaign

    Pew's campaign for responsible mining is a national effort to educate and encourage the public and policy makers to adopt a modern framework for mining in the West.
  • Western Lands Initiative

    Pew's Western Lands Initiative seeks to identify priority conservation areas across the West and ensure that they are adequately protected for all generations. These lands define who we are as a people, embodying our shared dreams of freedom and opportunity.

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