The mission of The Wilderness Society is to deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts. TWS brings to bear their scientific expertise, analysis and bold advocacy at the highest levels to save, protect and restore America's wilderness areas.
Wilderness Society was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2002 to 2008.
A mountain goat above Cache Col in the North Cascades. Photo courtesy of Jim Nelson.
$30,000 - To conserve critical habitat linkages in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. Place-based conservation
$25,000 - To advance the campaign to protect the Rocky Mountain Front by encouraging energy companies to retire existing oil and gas leases, and developing a comprehensive conservation proposal for the region. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - To sustain the campaign to protect the Rocky Mountain Front from the dual threats of oil and gas development and off-road vehicle (ORV) use. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - To enhance the campaign to protect the Rocky Mountain Front from the dual threats of oil and gas development and ORV use. Place-based conservation
$20,000 - To address the threats of oil and gas development on the Rocky Mountain Front. Place-based conservation
In December 2014, the Rocky Mountain Front Heritage Act passed Congress, adding 67,000 acres of new Wilderness to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, creating a 208,000-acre Conservation Management Area where current uses can continue, and directing federal agencies to prioritize noxious weed management on the Front. The Brainerd Foundation supported the work of Montana Wilderness Association, National Parks Conservation Association, and the Wilderness Society in this effort.