In no particular order, here are some organizations we feel are very important in the fight to maintain the Wilderness and our environment,
and thereby our opportunity to preserve and enjoy the great outdoors. All of these groups need your help!
The Access Fund
The Access Fund Needs no introduction – the Access Fund represents climbers in all issues regarding access and conservation. If you’re not already a member, join! If you’re
already a member, come help out on volunteer days or in writing letters. Bookmark their site and visit often to keep up-to-date!
Friends of Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley contains some of the least wild yet most stunning Wilderness in the world, but it is also under tremendous pressure from high visitation and use. Friends of Yosemite Valley
works to reduce development and preserve the Valley. Please help them by visiting their site, writing letters, donating money and/or time, and coming to demonstrations if you live near Yosemite!
The Sierra Club is basically a large coalition of local volunteer groups. These local groups can always use your help, participation, and energy! The national organization is one of the most
effective environmental groups, period. For instance, Yosemite National Park basically ignored climber lawsuits to preserve Camp 4. As soon as the Sierra Club sued the Park, the NPS had a
sudden change of heart. The Sierra Club has also joined the Friends of Yosemite Valley in suing the National Park Service over their huge development plan for Yosemite Valley, where the NPS
is concealing hundreds of millions of dollars of development behind environmental rhetoric.
Center for Biological Diversity
The CBD uses lawsuits as a tool to force land managers to follow their own rules. Since they often don't, the CBD has been highly effective in forcing sweeping environmental protection by
management agencies. Formerly called the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity. The fact that citizens have to band together to sue the government to follow its own rules is sad, but it
Wilderness Watch, like the CBD, has forced land managers to follow the rules, in particular the Wilderness Act itself, through actions including lawsuits. Wilderness Watch is dedicated to
strongly defending Wilderness against encroachments. They have taken anti-fixed anchor positions in the past, but that should not overshadow their critical support for Wilderness against abuse
by motorized recreation, huge pack outfits, land managers, and others. They are always looking for dedicated outdoors people to diligently monitor particular Wilderness areas, since defenders
of our wild places must know what is going on in on the ground!
While land protection is usually best done by activism and legislation, that only works for public land - sometimes you just have to go buy it. The Nature Conservancy buys key tracts of land
to preserve biodiversity. The Access Fund cooperated with the Nature Conservancy to buy much of the open space ranchland in Indian Creek, Utah.
Union of Concerned Scientists
UCS doesn't just collect and analyze the data on environmental changes, pollution, etc, it offers the opportunity to intelligently act to reduce impact. Find out about everything from invasive
species to logging to global warming at their website, and join to help out.