Campaign for America's Wilderness

The idea of untouched wilderness is at the core of the American experience—offering opportunity for recreation and reflection, sanctuary to wildlife and protected landscapes and a legacy for future generations. Yet, only 2.5 percent of our federal public land outside of Alaska is permanently protected as wilderness—free of roads and industrial development and forever available for hiking, hunting, fishing and a wide range of other recreational pursuits.

Launched in 2002, Pew's campaign for America’s wilderness focuses on achieving lasting protection for threatened wild lands. It proactively works to preserve some of the nation’s last, best, wild places by adding them to the National Wilderness Preservation System. This Pew initiative provides local wilderness advocates with expertise in campaign planning and implementation and assists with opinion research, communications and advocacy. The campaign partners with state coalitions and local citizen groups to support citizen wilderness proposals from every part of the country.

Congress has added 158 new or expanded wilderness areas totaling nearly 5 million acres across 14 states and Puerto Rico since the campaign began its work.


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